The future is full of hope!

From recent improvements in society's attitudes--these changes wrought by more intelligent insights in the sciences and technologies--in global and cultural justice, and what is equitable--the future of most of the the world will be considerably brighter than what is recently history.

Propagandistic slogans proclaimed by “the moral majority” were clear distortions of what was really happening in the broader society. TV preachers as well as in more than a few stone and mortar churches were typically breathing the fire of an everlasting Hell to anyone who disobeyed such doctrine. The birds-of-a-feather dungeons that had for countless thousands of years kept people in their tiny boxes of ticky-tacky isolation were, thanks to the marvel of technology, finding trails that sledge-hammered the way to open-mindedness. The generation that I call Millennials now had every opportunity to see beyond what their parents' (and earlier) generations could bear witness to. Mix the native and natural intelligence with the wondrous expansion wrought by the spectacle of science, engineering, mathematics, and the technological explosions of the late 20th century, and there you have it! Combining these fields in an interdisciplinary approach and the exponentiation is that much greater. Together, these topics reinforce themselves; among other things, it demonstrates that “intelligence” is not static.

The Millennials are those born between 1980 to 2000. Given the increase in life-span in the developed and developing world, it may soon be more accurate to increase the generation from five per century to four. Thus, the millennials may span from 1970 or 1975 to 2000 or 1980 to 2005 or 2010, although the first, 20-year range, is most widely accepted. My hypothesis is that the increased span in years per generation of the twentieth century follows the socio-political as well as news events, although this is not always the case. Consider the Roaring Twenties, the Depression Years, and the War Years. Following World War II until the present, a “generation” has ranged between 20 to 25 years-- or even 20 to 30 years--, and that is how I will use it in this piece.

What facts I have been able to find on the web and in print magazines, as well as public broadcasting are the following: As a whole, with their access to computers and the rest of the high-tech world, the millennials are generally intellectually sharper than earlier generations. Intellectually well versed and open-minded. They are receptive to new concepts and new argumentation. Thus, they may be said to be freer from prejudice than previous generations. [1] One newspaper article I read declared the the millennials are the first generation to have come from writing standard or old-fashioned paper letters to now using tools like email, textings, and chat applications.

No group or generation is monolithic but overall, I have found the millennials to tend toward increased toleration of others. Given their wider exposure to global events, their thinking tends to be critical. Even those not yet in college have active mental processes that are exceptional in conceptualizing. Typically, they analyze, synthesize, and evaluate data before coming to a conclusion. The millennials I have met are not afraid of the opportunities they face even though the coming two or three decades promise to be a major challenge.

Only ten or twenty years ago, the majority held unyielding and oppressive emotions against anything in the homosexual realm. These attitudes seemed to change overnight. A cautious study seems to have stemmed from the older millennials; it is reluctant to be pushed back. [2]

As many years of my memory takes me, the Millennial generation is beginning to take impressing strides from the dark shadows of racial hatred and bias than any other generation. One reason is the increasing education taught in the West and other evolving ethnicities, cultures, and societies. With the explosion of knowledge, people come to realize that the only race is the human race.

This newest generation can draw upon its insights and practices to help the rest of itself as a group to help mend any ethnic rifts and take the lead toward coalescing the rest of the globe into a holistic multicultural world.

You might expect the more youthful segment of a society to be less concerned about gods and an afterlife. I would guess that this is amplified by those who have, are pursuing, or will pursue a higher education. What the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life reported in 2010 is that while the millennials are fairly traditional as were the elder generations, they are, as a whole, less active religiously that previous generations. This includes people of all educational levels. As a whole, around a fourth of the millennials describe their convictions as atheists, agnostic, or nothing in particular. [3]

Those who support the right of law-abiding citizens of the U.S. To Carry or own guns--even the type of near fully automatic rifles-- have reasons to be concerned by the views held by the millennial generation. Early in 2013, around 60% of the millennials championed laws that would favor preventing gun violence. According to the article titled “Why Millennials Want Congress to Act on Guns” by Abraham White. [4] ( One of the sidebar links on this piece is titled “Preventing Gun Violence.”)

The millennials are the youngest of the named generations so far, but for the hard-core gun supporters to call the millennial generation a bunch of spoiled, lazy, entitled narcissistic brats overlooked the fact that the eldest in that generation have reached the half-way point to the old-school, Biblical 70 years! This brings me to yet another perhaps parenthetical recollection. Some years back, the late actor, Charlton Heston raged that the only way he would be without his gun would be over his cold, dead body. Much more recently I saw an angry older man grimacing while he showed his firearm. This is certainly a misquote, but his words were akin to, “I've got this now; I'd like to see somebody take it away!” I remember thinking that both he and his generation would be dead before too much longer, so his sentiments could readily be discounted.

There are times, places, and uses for guns. Lots of men (and women) get off at both the idea and reality of being able to hurl metaphorical lightning bolts. It is time, tho, to wake up and smell the responsibility when it comes to the possession and use of firearms. I have fond memories of going rabbit hunting with my father and his friends when I was a young child. As well as playing cowboys and Indians and cops and robbers with cap guns. There is, however, a vast difference between toy guns that used a roll of caps and a pistol than can kill. Similarity, there is a significance between a rifle that fires a .22-long bullet and a military-grade rifle with a clip that hold 30 slugs.

Let's get real.

As the pollster Anna Greenberg has shown, Millennials actually have a skeptical and even cynical view of the biggest parts of big government: Social Security and Medicare. They don’t expect either entitlement to be there for them so they are surprisingly open to privatizing the programs and rewriting these core parts of the Great Society social contract. Clearly, an increase of 1 to 3% will be necessary to save Social Security. Then another two to three percent can be saved in an plain, indexed account like the S&P 500 Index Fund or the Wilshire 5000 Index Fund-- or something similar--will, over time, go a long way to resolve the rapidly advancing problems with Medicare as well as all other facets of health care.

These problems will be solved; take action and experience the hope. it is coming. In my deepest moments of thought, I wonder what types of mythologies the millennials will leave on the 21st century. If humankind is able to transcend hatred and the evils that grow from it; another way of saying this is “if we survive this century”.-- all, or virtually all, of the ills that plague our enlarging universe will resolve themselves.

Footnotes

[1] the young of most generations are idealistic; the millennials are no exception; they are also pragmatic. The brutality of the economy in recent years encourages pragmatism. I believe the economy ought to encourage realism when it comes to the greed and brutality of laissez faire capitalism.

[2] searching for global statistics relating to any meaningful statistics relating to homosexuality will probably give you heartburn. Not only do the numbers differs considerably, but the ways that human sexuality can be sliced and diced is surprising.

[3] http://www.pewforum.org/Age/Religion-Among-the-Millennials.aspx

[4] http://campusprogress.org/articles/why_millennials_want_congress_to_act_on_guns/