It was another classic example of Millennial work ignorance, but one that still haunts me, and makes me wonder what all this technology is for if not educate us or at least enlighten us in some way.
Not too long ago while at work, I overheard our former social media manager Lark and the Indian tech geek Arushi talking about the cause of the American Civil War. They were unsure if the war was fought over slavery, an ugly and shameful economic system built on the stolen labor and the denial of basic human freedoms too many of us take for granted today.
This was around the time of Charlottesville tragedy and people in our country were finally calling for the removal of public statues of traitor and slaver Robert E. Lee. You can look up Lee’s history if you doubt where I stand on this. This an excellent article that destroys the myths of Lee and reveals his true history and views on slavery and racial matters.
Johnathan, a graphic artist, who grew up in the south, wondered why people wanted to take down the Lee statues. Another clueless Millennial.
They have access to more information than any generation in history via the internet and remain ignorant of history and key facts about our country and the world.
It is no wonder that all I ever hear Lark, Arushi, and the other Millennial fools around our office talk about is trivial bullshit. They rarely if ever talk about books, ideas, great music, films or TV. Their lives revolve around their phones and social media.
Pathetic and shallow.
Just as annoying is Lark and Arushi constantly talking about online videos.
“Did you see that video?” is a constant refrain from Arushi.
It is typically some trivial pet video or some other shallow clip.
Yet when it comes to an important subject like the American Civil War they remain clueless and yet the answers remain in the palm of their hand.
How did I get stranded in this ignorant Millennial work nightmare?