Why We Aren’t Having Conversations
By America Daily Youth Writer Sophia Lee
Recently, the famous Tik-Tok trend “ok boomer” trended on Twitter. It’s essentially calling out any racist and sexist things that many “older” people agree with or what is seen as belonging in the ’60s. But it’s bringing up the disturbing fact that once again, conversations are being silenced.
The root of this problem can be found in the origins of “political correctness”.
Political correctness originated in 1917 after it appeared in Marxist-Leninist vocabulary after the Russian Revolution. During that time, it was seen as adhering to the Communist Party of the Soviet Union’s policies and principles. (Definition via Britannica)
Throughout time it has reappeared and changed its meaning several times until now, where it is used as a weapon to stop conversations. So how can we stop this? In this article, we will go more in-depth of the “ok boomer” response and how to actually listen before judging someone.
Baby Boomers: Born 1946-1964 (54-72 years old)
Generation X: Born 1965-1980 (38-53 years old)
Millennials (Gen Y) : Born 1981-1996 (22-37 years old)
Post-Millennials (Gen Z) : Born 1997-Present (0-21 years old)
How? Who? Where?
Used by many teenagers, the new retort “ok boomer” has broken the Internet. It emphasizes the generational differences that exist, ranging from steady jobs to climate change. Blaming the Baby Boomers (b. 1946-1964) for everything wrong in the world has always been a trend, but now it has gotten out of hand.
Though the creator of this meme is unknown, it first appeared in January 2019 and has quickly grown in popularity. It has even been made into merch, which has led to one creator making over $10,000 in orders with the help of Tik-Tok.
Most often described as a “rallying cry for millions of fed-up children,” Generation Z goes after all the issues that those post-30 (with a personality that is intolerant to and ignorant of new ideas) just won’t understand. The struggle of paying student debt and the rising fear of climate change are only a tiny part of the issues that teenagers don’t believe are being understood.
It’s quite ironic that the “boomers” are seen as intolerant, as their generation were the ones who created the hippie movement.
History truly does repeat itself. Once again, teenagers are rebelling under the “system” that is rigged against them. This new movement is being called a protest against the generations who have put them in this position.
Wait…Why is this bad?
This protest is ending any hopes that Generation Z could be better than the millennials. They have fallen into the trap of victimhood, where they will blame everyone but themselves for never reaching their dreams. They will bash society for being so unaccepting of equality and they will believe any piece of news that reaches their ears because, after all, mainstream media is full of facts, not biases, right?
Victimhood is a disease because it latches onto a person until it’s almost impossible to get rid of it. So how do we counteract this spread of victimhood before it takes a hold of the entirety of Generation Z?
We have to share the truth because in the end, the truth will always come out. We have to be willing to have conversations and to listen to another person’s point of view. Shutting down a conversation will never help bridge any differences between the generations if the first response is to insult someone.
Older generations can help by showing the Generation Z how their thinking has been twisted by lies with true facts.
I think what’s most important though, is telling stories of the past. Inform them of the past, of all the things that you went through, in hopes that they become appreciative of everything they have now.
Teach them the history of the past so that it isn’t repeated and the horrors of communism won’t become a reality in America.
It’s depressing to know that people are turning away from learning the truth. I hope that more people are willing to have conversations with each other to learn facts and not to be overruled by their emotions.
Remember that listening to another person is not just allowing someone to state their opinion, but being open to new information and another person’s opinion who is drastically different.
How do you feel about the trending “ok boomer” response? Be sure to comment on your opinion below.