Re: Conflicted as usual.
You may differ from others in that you were able to develop a mercenary attitude towards others at an early age and get ahead.
Getting ahead by working hard and smart does not a mercenary attitude make.
It sounds very much to me that you are blaming the young for their youth and inexperience at life.
No, but I do blame them for this soft, overly emotional, and intentionaly helpless outlook they have gifted to themselves. Who else would you blame for it?
Our generation had the benefit of free university education, whilst lumbering them with debt when they try to gain the same advantages
No quite. I only completed my masters a few years back, while communit 15 hours a week, working 40+ hours a week, and raising a family. It wasn't easy, but then it isn't supposed to be. I took a modern approach and studyed online when I have time, which kept fees low and preserved my ability to work. There's nothing about that a millennial can't do - most don't even have kids yet!
Their job opportunities consist largely of zero-hours contracts, 'gig-economy' jobs with no security, poorly paid apprenticeships or internment in a call centre.
That'll come as a startling revelation to the 15 millennials I work with. They have this crazy idea that they're professional software developers. Whodathunkit.
Is it any wonder that you can only think of one person in that age range that has managed to get ahead?
Oddly enough, he's the only one that doesn't have a nearly new iPhone (older Android), eat crushed avocado (brings food from home), or go on far flung holidays 3 times a year. Its a question of priorities.
He doesn't live in his preferred bit of Essex either, but 10 years from now he'll be able to, as he'll have the equity. The rest of his cohort will either be living at home with mam & dad, or rubbing their greedy mits together while voting to steal their house. It's not nearly good enough to pretend others are mercenary while plotting wealth taxes - the legalised theft of others hard work.