My Generation Is Blind To The Prosperity Around Us!

 

This article was written by a 26 year old college student by the name of

Alyssa Ahlgren, who’s in graduate school for her MBA. 


It’s a short article but definitely worth a read:

I’m sitting in a small coffee shop near Nokomis trying to think of

what to write about. I scroll through my newsfeed on my phone

looking at the latest headlines of Democratic candidates calling for

policies to “fix” the so-called injustices of capitalism. I put my

phone down and continue to look around. I see people talking freely,

working on their MacBook’s, ordering food they get in an instant,

seeing cars go by outside, and it dawned on me. We live in the most

privileged time in the most prosperous nation and we’ve become

completely blind to it. Vehicles, food, technology, freedom to

associate with whom we choose. These things are so ingrained in

our American way of life we don’t give them a second thought.

 

We are so well off here in the United States that our poverty line

begins 31 times above the global average. Thirty. One. Times.

Virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global

standards Yet, in a time where we can order a product off Amazon

with one click and have it at our doorstep the next day, we are

unappreciative, unsatisfied, and ungrateful.

Our unappreciation is evident as the popularity of socialist policies

among my generation continues to grow. Democratic Congresswoman

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said to Newsweek talking about

the millennial generation, “An entire generation, which is now

becoming one of the largest electorates in America, came of age

and never saw American prosperity.”

 

Never saw American prosperity! Let that sink in. When I first read

that statement, I thought to myself, that was quite literally the

most entitled and factually illiterate thing I’ve ever heard in my 26 years

on this earth. Many young people agree with her, which is

entirely misguided. My generation is being indoctrinated by a

mainstream narrative to actually believe we have never seen

prosperity. I know this first hand, I went to college, let’s just

say I didn’t have the popular opinion, but I digress.

Why then, with all of the overwhelming evidence around us, evidence

that I can even see sitting at a coffee shop, do we not view this as

prosperity?  We have people who are dying to get into our country.

People around the world destitute and truly impoverished.  Yet, we

have a young generation convinced they’ve never seen prosperity,

and as a result, elect politicians dead set on taking steps towards

abolishing capitalism.

 

Why? The answer is this, my generation has only seen prosperity.

We have no contrast. We didn’t live in the great depression, or live

through two world wars, the Korean War, The Vietnam War or see

the rise and fall of socialism and communism. We don’t know what

it’s like to live without the internet, without cars, without

smartphones. We don’t have a lack of prosperity problem 

We have an entitlement problem, an ungratefulness problem,

and it’s spreading like a plague.”

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