MILLENNIALS TAKE VOWS, FLOCK TO MONASTERIES TO AVOID CRUSHING STUDENT LOAN DEBT
The Millennial generation continues to disintegrate before our very eyes. If they weren’t busy enough destroying the paper napkin industry, now they are taking vows.
Buddhism, like all things Eastern, is considered trendy to Millennials. They enjoy sitting on little pads with their eyes closed, and then uploading “meditation selfies” to their Instagram accounts before they head out to a hip local coffee joint.
These aspiring adults all have one thing in common, they are absolutely strapped with crushing student loan debt. Instead of prostrating themselves on the job market, and trying to atone for their loser status, they are leaving the country and taking vows.
“I have a deep desire to know the truth of oneness. To transcend the self.” says Billy Bunnington, a fresh devotee to the monastic life. What he doesn’t mention, is his history of recreational drug use, or the fact he dropped out of college with more than twenty thousand dollars in debt. “I won’t say that didn’t play a role. The materialistic Western paradigm just makes no sense to me.”
In other words, I’m broke and unwilling to do the work required to pay off the loan I took on to become educated. And it isn’t only Billy, Millennials are packing up and leaving the job market for monasteries as fast as they possibly can.
There is something to be said for any person who feels the type of calling that leads to monastic life, but this is something new all together. Life in the monastery is not a loan forgiveness plan, and the sooner Millennials figure this out, the better.