Subcutaneous power for humanity 3 Facing changing attitudes

Facing an other world

These friendships I could enjoy at work were of a unity which was the worst to miss, when I stopped my theatrical work. I knew it was something incredible, not many could enjoy so much as we did. But by leaving the theatre-world I came to face a new reality which was as a chock, to notice that many in that ‘real’ world had already long ago lost the meaning and value of friendship.

Millennial Dominance

By 2020, Millennials will comprise more than one of three adult Americans. It is estimated that by 2025 they will make up as much as 75 percent of the workforce. Given their numbers, they will dominate the nation’s workplaces and permeate its corporate culture. Thus, understanding the generation’s values offers a window into the future of corporate America.

Everything had come to turn the “Millennials“. Even Microsoft got us to buy the worst software program ‘Millennium,” which was a good example of how the Generation Y got muddled up. Previously we had learned always to look at the others and to set ourselves aside. Now the kids preferred to think of themselves in such a way we started to call them ‘Generation Wesoon to be exchanged for theGeneration Me‘.
The Baby boom seemed put aside, but having an echo, hence the other name ‘Echo Boomers‘, referring to the generation’s size relative to the Baby Boomer generation and due to the significant increase in birth rates during the 1980s and into the 1990s. {Armour, Stephanie (2008-11-06). “Generation Y: They’ve arrived at work with a new attitude”. USA Today.}

Changing attitude

The attitude at work had changed, but also in the home. The media had taken over the role of ‘moral teacher’ but tried to get it into the heads of the viewers that no morals were really necessary. Everything could, everybody had to be free to chose to do whatever the wanted, no matter what other people would feel or think.

We got an upswing in births after 1983, finishing with the “political and social challenges” that occurred after the terrorist acts of September 11, 2001, and the “persistent economic difficulties” of the time. {Carlson, Elwood (June 30, 2008). {The Lucky Few: Between the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boom}

The people born during the Great Depression and World War II their kids had become perhaps a Silent Generation. It can be true to call them the “Lucky Few”. {Elwood D. Carlson, Ph.D. in his 2008 book titled The Lucky Few: Between the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boom}

A pink-collar worker performing what is sometimes regarded as women’s work, as a waitress writing down the food order of diners

Those Lucky Few men (some of which fought the Korean War and or during the Vietnam War) had advanced into professional and white-collar jobs while their Lucky Few women concentrated in mostly pink collar work. Today they find themselves settled in retirement and look at their children they had tried to give everything they could. Perhaps of having spoiled their children their kids, not having learned enough to share things with others, they helped bread a generation which was more concerned about own wealthy luck instead of spiritual luck.

Generation Z got fed up with anything smelling religious. They had seen how certain ‘friendships’ of catholic priest had distorted normal human relations. Several television channels concentrated their screenings on those at the mid or late 1990s or from the mid 2000s born children. They had seen how their parents were caught up trying to earn their living and to make the living standard of the family higher, where white collar criminality took worse forms. They got the example of ‘freedom of relationships‘ from the little screen and their parents who started cheating like is was nothing. No wonder their children learned also to switch partners like they switch underwear.

Technological change

ActiveWorlds SW City.jpg

SW City, one of the largest areas in Active Worlds, one of the popular virtual worlds in a 3D virtual reality platform.

The Western Post–World War II baby boom or Generation X may have become disillusioned by their friendships they could or could not build up or could live up to. Confronted with the modern age technology several generations living together found now more diversity in their language, making feel the one illiterate and the other old-fashioned or not by the time. Having more and more people from different cultures coming to live round each other, it did not help the communication. More people started feeling themselves isolated or in a world which was not the would they wanted to be in. Many started creating themselves a virtual world on their computers which advanced a lot in technology and got a total new virtual world created.

In its latest study of the Millennial Generation, Millennials in Adulthood, the Pew Research Center found that America’s youngest adults were the least trusting of any generation. Only 19 percent of Millennials agreed with the statement that “most people can be trusted,” a percentage that was about half of all other older generations.

In its latest study of the Millennial Generation, Millennials in Adulthood, the Pew Research Center found that America’s youngest adults were the least trusting of any generation.
Only 19 percent of Millennials agreed with the statement that “most people can be trusted,” a percentage that was about half of all other older generations.

For many it became so much easier to hare away from the real world and to find much interesting characters or avatars on the closed circuit of their small personal private room. Several resorted to the world of technology to realize their dreams, which they did not seem to be able to realize in real life. By taking the flee in the artificial world they also lost touch with the real world and got lesser and lesser real friends. In order to offset the shortage of real friends, many resorted to searching for “friends” on social media.

In many countries it has become a fact that people aged between 18 and 34 now spend more time talking and interacting with friends and family on social media than in person.
You would think it could bring us closer together, but it did not do such a thing. Almost two thirds of those 18 to 34-year olds concede they would be more inclined to make the time to catch up with friends in person if social media did not exist.

Helping to get in contact

We can notice a good thing with those social attributes of technology. Social media helps us keep in contact with our children abroad and with friends we and they made during schooltime, work and when living overseas.

Alarming, at first, may be that when looking at certain blogs and speaking with some young people and looking at some research, that we can find under those people who use social media the most, we find a lot of people who are also experiencing the greatest sense of social disconnection. On the other hand, according to me, this can also be a good sign, having again a renewed feeling of need of real friendship.


Preceding posts:

Friendship and Offer for the cause of democracy

Invasion of Normandy a day never to forget

Blood soaking the water at democracy’s beachhead

Subcutaneous power for humanity 1 1940-1960 Influenced by horrors of the century

Subcutaneous power for humanity 2 1950-2010

To be continued:

Subcutaneous power for humanity 4 Not crossing borders of friendship

Subcutaneous power for humanity 5 Loneliness, Virtual and real friends

In reply to Lonely in the crowd


Please do find additional reading:

  1. A philosophical error which rejects the body as part of the human person
  2. Gender roles and Multitasking parents
  3. The Y generation in conflict with itself
  4. Savouring pictorial entertainment
  5. Which Christians Actually Evangelize
  6. If you have integrity
  7. If we, in our prosperity, neglect religious instruction and authority
  8. Being Religious and Spiritual 2 Religiosity and spiritual life
  9. Why Think There Is a God? (3): Why Is It Wrong?
  10. Christian values and voting not just a game


Of interest at other websites:

  1. Baby Boomers – Traits and Values
  2. Post 80s and 90s: What’s With the Ultra Short Generation Gaps in China?
  3. Post-80s Get Businesslike
  4. The Lucky Few: Between the Greatest Generation and the Baby Boom.
  5. In Defense of My Generation
  6. The Peter Pan Generation
  7. Generation Change
  8. Resurrecting Friendship
  9. Writing 101 Day 7: Discussing Diversity, Representation, and Respect, Part 1
  10. Friendships come, friendships gone
  11. Men women and friendship
«Un citoyen du monde ou le reflet de la généra...

«Un citoyen du monde ou le reflet de la génération Y» (Photo credit: mysteryoussef)


  • Clash of Generations – Boomers vs. Millennials: Attitude Change Will Disrupt Wall Street and Corporate America (
    As boomers and gen-Xers hand over the economic reins to millennials, a once in a multi-generational attitude shift comes with it.Unlike boomers and gen-Xers whose primary focus was on money and “getting ahead” lifestyles, millennials have more of a depression-era survival mentality coupled with a completely different set of values.The ensuing attitude change has profound implications, and that is the focus of the Brookings study:  How Millennials Could Upend Wall Street and Corporate America.
    As Boomers begin to leave the corridors of power in Congress and the executive suites of corporate America, they are being replaced by members of Generation X, who are largely devoted to the pursuit of the bottom line—preferring speed over reflection and autonomy over collective decision-making.
    Not only are Millennials creating the need for companies to pay attention to their corporate social responsibilities, but they are also leading a shift in buying behavior away from the glorification of consumerism to a more measured view of what’s important in life.
  • The Millennials have taken over – but don’t expect politics to change just yet (
    The Census reports that there were more 22-year-old Americans in 2013 than any other single age — making it the first time a non-Baby Boomer age has been the most populous since the Baby Boom began.
  • Generational Differences in the Workplace (
    The American workplace has evolved in ways few people expected, in that it is not uncommon for three or even four generations of employees to be working together.  This generational divide can lead to enormous and sometimes uncomfortable misunderstandings and miscommunication in everything from work attitude to technology.
    As you work with individuals from the varying generations, it is important to remember that people from different generations may not understand each other, even if they are from the same tiny town or rural area. Their lives and cultural reference points are completely unique. If generational differences cause tension in your workplace, consider weekly meetings where a member of each generation contributes, or encourage informal training programs to educate the staff about generational differences.
  • 8 Differences Between Boomers and Millennials (
    Paul Taylor of the Pew Research Center has written a book called “The Next America” which relies on public opinion surveys and demographic data to highlight some of the contrasts between the generations. Here are some of the major differences between baby boomers and millennials:
    Millennials are less likely to be religious. Less than 70 percent of millennials say they are affliliated with a particular religion, compared to 80 percent of the general population.
    More than a fifth (22 percent) of households currently have two or more adult generations living under the same roof, a level not seen since the end of World War II. But while this is a symptom of the new generation gap, it does not mean there’s a war between the generations. “It’s hard to wage a war when you’re living under the same roof,” Taylor says.
  • Attitude Determine how Well We Can be in Doing Everything. (
    How good we are doing is determine by our attitude towards life and that will be the determines to reach for others.
    Opportunities in life create through our attitude and from the respect that we give to others, this also creating more goodwill as the opportunities come to undertake something all together.
    If we ourselves are not motivated to do something, we will never have the opportunities to be dexterity in our knowledge.
    Our own interest and willingness can decide what we want to achieve in life, the more energy and time we spend into something, the better the results and benefits we will be getting there.
    That’s just one indication of ourselves if we want to obtain something in life thus we will have no problem for doing so.
  • Happy New Year 2014 Generation Z the Parents to the Gen Alpha Space Babies 2030-2050 (
    Gen Xers were often called the MTV Generation.They experienced the emergence of music videosnew wave musicelectronic musicsynthpopglam rockheavy metal and the spin-off glam metalpunk rock and the spin-off pop punkalternative rockgrunge, and hip hop.Compared with previous generations, Generation X represents a more apparently heterogeneous generation, openly acknowledging and embracing social diversity in terms of such characteristics as race, class, religion, ethnicity, culture, language, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

    Unlike their parents who challenged leaders with an intent to replace them, Gen Xers are less likely to idolize leaders and are more inclined to work toward long-term institutional and systematic change through economic, media and consumer actions.

About Marcus Ampe

Retired dancer, choreographer, choreologist Founder of the Dance impresario office and archive: Danscontact-Dansarchief plus the Association for Bible scholars, the Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" and "From Guestwriters" and creator of the site "Messiah for all". - Gepensioneerd danser, choreograaf, choreoloog. Stichter van Danscontact-Dansarchief plus van de Vereniging voor Bijbelvorsers, de Lifestyle magazines "Stepping Toes" en "From Guestwriters" en maker van de site "Messiah for all".
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