March 12, 2014

A Comment on the Me Generation

I recently read a piece by Anna A. Rogers who wrote, “The rock upon which most of the flower-bedecked marriage barges go to pieces is the latter-day cult of individualism, the worship of the brazen calf of Self."

Rogers’ comment obviously refers to the "Me Generation,” Millennials and Generation Xers who believe they are the center of the universe. They are self absorbed, free thinking, arrogant and spoiled.  A Time Magazine cover in 2013 labeled them the “Me, Me, Me Generation.

The only problem with that analysis of Rogers statement is it appeared in The Atlantic Monthly in September of 1907!

Turns out, there is evidence to suggest that every generation has been labeled a “Me Generation.” Pick any period in history and some psychologist or sociologist described young people as arrogant, narcissistic, and self serving. 

When Jesus commanded us to “Love our neighbor as we love ourselves,”  he obviously, did not refer to an arrogant, conceited or egocentric love of self. Instead, he anticipated our self-love will be caring, respectful and affirmative.

Despite all the psychological and sociological babble about a self-centered Me Generation, I believe people today demonstrate their love for their neighbors in generous acts of time and resources unmatched in human history.