Millennial Narcissism and the Participation Trophy
There are too many failures to count regarding the Millennial generation. At every level of analysis, they have failed themselves or were failed by circumstance. An obvious mistake in retrospect was training them to be social justice warriors, or of allowing for the existence of environments that breed such ideology. Of calling them special snowflakes, and pumping them full of self esteem despite never having earned it.
The overinflated sense of self was given to them. Partially by parents, partially by the zeitgeist of the time, and especially by themselves. On one hand, parents were told not to step on the flowers. To always remind their creation how special it is, to equip the child with a healthy sense of self esteem. They didn’t realize this sort of coddling is directly related to the development of Millennial narcissism. Well, now we all know.
The participation trophy served as catalyst for the leprosy of the 21st century, Millennialism.
If pandering to their every whim weren’t enough to make them rotten, the participation trophy was. When everyone wins, the only thing you incentivize is a bare minimum mentality. I think Millennials call them life hacks.
Millennial narcissism and the participation trophy are directly related. It was a mistake that cost the country dearly, with effects that have yet to be imagined. Not only has it crippled them, it’s turned them parasitic. It makes a lot of sense when you think about it.
“Good job Timmy! You’re the best!” does Timmy no good when he has finished last once again in the 100 meter dash. Perhaps he should be throwing the discus, but he is a failure of a sprinter. This much is evident. When the feedback he receives from his parents is out of accord with reality, it creates a cognitive dissonance. The weak minded will choose to believe the comforting tale of their own greatness, instead of tackling the reality of what it is. The destabilizing effect this has on an individual is incredible, and can be witnessed in every narcissistic millennial snowflake across the land.
Looking forward, we should aim to tell our children the truth. It is the only thing they can use, that will allow them to properly assess themselves and make the necessary steps to achieve self improvement. Chalk the Millennial generation up as operational loss, nobody wins them all. Despite their uselessness, they helped us learn this lesson the hard way.