By EVAN RUMMERFIELD
The other day I witnessed a scene that is hard to put into words.
I was outside in a parking lot, and a driver decided to bring his truck to a halt in the middle of the road that led out of the parking lot. The driver was a teenager—a high school student—and the important reason that he just had to stop for was that one of his—I am assuming—friends was entering the lot while he was leaving. Both of the teens stopped and started a conversation that was basically, “Hi, how are you,” but in the modern teen language, because they did not care about who was around them. At this point, one of the teenagers even got out of his truck.
After 20 seconds, there were eight cars behind the one who was in the exiting lane, and there were six cars that were trying to get into the parking lot. The driver that was directly behind one of them rolled down his window and politely asked if they could move their vehicles and take their conversation somewhere else. The teens’ responses were atrocious. I could not believe that a human being could and would respond the way that these two teens did. The worst imaginable words were shouted at this gentleman, and of course the finger gesture was used by the teens. I noticed the teens were infuriated at the man because of the language that they were using towards him, but I could not understand the meaning or demands of what they were yelling at him. Sentences with only cuss words never make complete literal sense.
Eventually, after the teens had a minute’s worth of words roll off their tongues, they drove off in opposite directions. They never did anything physically aggressive; their point was only to show everyone around them that they are tough and that no one has authority over them. Both of the young individuals wanted to do what they wanted to do right then at that time.
Teenagers, nowadays, feel move invincible and important than ever before. My name for my generation is the MeNow Generation. We are all about me, me, me and now, now, now.
W-e—the youth of today—are so selfish and disrespectful. Yes, there are always exceptions, which is not a reason to ignore the MeNows.
The teens of today have to have everything within hand’s reach. Everything must require nothing. For example, it is common for young workers to demand higher wages before they even do the job they were hired for. What really needs to be going through our heads is that I must prove myself and work to earn a higher pay. The reward system is almost extinct in our society.
If I were to boil it down to one cause for the MeNow generation, it would be the lack of high expectations. An uprising is occurring; the entire MeNow generation will soon be the functional part of society. But if we do not change, then the part of functional society will lose its function aspect. High expectations must be reintroduced into the world in all perspectives: parenting, schooling, working and governing.
Do not expect us—the MeNow Generation—to benefit society because we are not expected to. Standards are being lowered and we are being carried along by parents, schools, jobs and the government.
(Evan Rummerfield lives in Keizer. He is a senior at McNary High School.)