There’s been a shift in our focus in the past generation, as we are looking more toward vocation than occupation. It’s a strange concept to place against the stereotypical American Dream of working hard and making a lot of money. But it’s definitely played a role in the focus of society today.
I think it’s probably pretty safe to say that older generations might consider our younger generation to be lazier than they were. There’s this idea of entitlement that young people often seem to have today, suggesting that we believe we have some sort of divine right to happiness and wealth. A lot of times we mistake the words of our founding fathers suggesting we have the right of the pursuit of happiness and assume it is our right to have everything given to us that grants us happiness.
At the same time, we’re seeing a different focus in the desires of young people. Whereas past generations would graduate high school (and some college) and advance into the workplace looking for the most steady job to provide for the family and begin accumulating wealth, that seems to take a secondary role among the younger generation. Today, we seem to care more about personal fulfillment than the filling of our bank account. Continue reading