Christ, No, We Can’t Retire – Look What’s Coming Up After Us!
Bill Quick

Millennial narcissism: Helicopter parents are college students’ bigger problem.

Amy (not her real name) sat in my office and wiped her streaming tears on her sleeve, refusing the scratchy tissues I’d offered. “I’m thinking about just applying for a Ph.D. program after I graduate because I have no idea what I want to do.” Amy had mild depression growing up, and it worsened during freshman year of college when she moved from her parents’ house to her dorm. It became increasingly difficult to balance school, socializing, laundry, and a part-time job. She finally had to dump the part-time job, was still unable to do laundry, and often stayed up until 2 a.m. trying to complete homework because she didn’t know how to manage her time without her parents keeping track of her schedule.

I suggested finding a job after graduation, even if it’s only temporary. She cried harder at this idea. “So, becoming an adult is just really scary for you?” I asked. “Yes,” she sniffled. Amy is 30 years old.

This has been around for a while, but it’s worth a mention.  You think the Boomers are fucked up?  At least we weren’t sitting around at the age of thirty, weeping and moaning because we were incapable of doing our own laundry.

These people are pathetic.  I don’t know what else to say.  This is our future?

We are so boned.

Yank your big girl panties up, bitch!  (And that goes for you man-children, too)!

Bill Quick

About Bill Quick

I am a small-l libertarian. My primary concern is to increase individual liberty as much as possible in the face of statist efforts to restrict it from both the right and the left. If I had to sum up my beliefs as concisely as possible, I would say, "Stay out of my wallet and my bedroom," "your liberty stops at my nose," and "don't tread on me." I will believe that things are taking a turn for the better in America when married gays are able to, and do, maintain large arsenals of automatic weapons, and tax collectors are, and do, not.


Christ, No, We Can’t Retire – Look What’s Coming Up After Us! — 4 Comments

  1. When I was 16, I got into a fight with my mother over something-or-other, and she told me she was going to stop doing my laundry unless I backed down. Being an arrogant teenage boy, I decided I wasn’t going to knuckle under to that kind of pressure and figured out how to do it myself.

    It took me an embarrassingly long time to figure out I’d been had. (Two points to you, Mom.) But I had no trouble doing my own laundry when I left for college.

  2. I and my sister were both dragooned into helping my mom with the laundry from the time we were seven or eight. I remember the ringer on the washing machine was hand cranked. And the dryer was a clothesline.

    I was really happy when we moved to the New House and got a modern washer/dryer system.

  3. Ask a college or graduate school official (administrator or professor) “What am I paying for? Why should I attend this school?” The answer (almost always outside the hardest of science, law, and pre-med) is to enrich your understanding of the world, broaden your thinking, and improve your ability to take pleasure from arts, music, and literature.

    In summary, you attend school to make yourself a better person. It is an exercise in narcissism. The officials usually proclaim proudly that they are not interested in any specific application of what they teach; they are far above that. They are not running a trade school.

    This attitude is so strange in our modern world that students and parents don’t think to ask. They believe that these educators must have the student’s best interests and future success at heart. Hey, that’s what the advertising said (“earn $1 million more over your working life”). Sorry to say, the educators are in it for themselves just like the government.

    Of course Amy is upset and confused. After 12 years of study after high school, she feels very self empowered and important. Her narcissism has been fed. Her appreciation of the world is magnificent. Her only problem is that she did not learn, and her schools did not try to teach her, anything of practical use.