I am part of Gen Y. Born in 1991. Right smack dab in the middle of the selfish generation. I find it funny that those labels are most likely put on us by those long haired hippies of the 60s and 70s. Yep, those judging society today was misunderstood and criticized as the most horrible and senseless generation. And while I understand the concept of what the hippies were trying to accomplish sometimes they came across wrong because of the words and actions of a few. The fact is the most radical of any generation is going to become the poster child for what the whole generation stands for. I find it funny that those who grew up during hippie days can talk about my generation being sexually promiscuous, or criticize drugs and drinking. Little bit of a pot and kettle there.
A few days ago in the CS I got really annoyed at someone, probably my age, who commented that employers should hire three people for a two weeks span and keep the best one to give them a "chance". FUck that self-entitled bull shit. The start of this she said she understood it being an employers market. Uh, obviously you do not. No one OWES you a chance to prove yourself. You may get one, but you are not entitled to it.
We have here a certain number of volunteer hours you need to graduate high school. I guess the theory is that it makes us more aware of the community and how to get involved. I say it is to give you job skills and something to put on a resume, but only if you actually WORK at it. Some people do, some don't. Ironically you have to fight to prove you are the best to be chosen as a volunteer, because of the demand.
When I got my co op I had to beat out over 100 others who applied for the position. I was the third person interviewed... yeah, like a fucking job they were going to pay me for. The volunteer hours I had already put in was really what won me the job. And after my co op they kept me on as a worker.
I guess my point is that I fucking probably hate the little fuckers who taint all of our generation's image. It is hard to fight against people thinking you obviously are a selfish ass who mommy and daddy spoiled simply because of age. Maybe I have a biased view, because I would not choose to hang around such individuals, maybe they are more plentiful than I thought. I hope not.