I put my phone down and continue to look around. I see people talking freely, working on their MacBook’s, ordering food they get in an instant, seeing cars go by outside, and it dawned on me. We live in the most privileged time in the most prosperous nation and we’ve become completely blind to it. Vehicles, food, technology, freedom to associate with whom we choose. These things are so ingrained in our American way of life we don’t give them a second thought. We are so well off here in the United States that our poverty line begins 31 times above the global average. Thirty. One. Times. Virtually no one in the United States is considered poor by global standards. Yet, in a time where we can order a product off Amazon with one click and have it at our doorstep the next day, we are unappreciative, unsatisfied, and ungrateful.
Our unappreciation is evident as the
popularity of socialist policies among my generation continues to grow.
Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez recently said to
Newsweek talking about the millennial generation, “An entire generation,
which is now becoming one of the largest electorates in America, came
of age and never saw American prosperity.”
Never saw American prosperity. Let
that sink in. When I first read that statement, I thought to myself,
that was quite literally the most entitled and factually illiterate
thing I’ve ever heard in my 26 years on this earth. Now, I’m not
attributing Miss Ocasio-Cortez’s words to outright dishonesty. I do
think she whole-heartedly believes the words she said to be true. Many
young people agree with her, which is entirely misguided. My generation
is being indoctrinated by a mainstream narrative to actually believe we
have never seen prosperity. I know this first hand, I went to college,
let’s just say I didn’t have the popular opinion, but I digress.