The Two Generations: The Values Of Generation X

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Throughout time, generation after generation has emerged and transformed the world. Some had significant accomplishments while others did not. What is it that makes up a remarkable generation? Is it determined by their hard work, values, or intelligence? Past generations fought for their independence, rights, and equality. But what is so salient about generations X and Y? Theses two generations have helped mold how humanity is perceived, and these two generations are going to educate the next generation that follows. Generation X are the parents of generation Y, yet they are very different. However, it is generation Y’s values and take on the world that shows this group of individuals have made a greater impact on society.
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In society different groups share different values, and it is the same in each generation. Generation X is also referred to as the “lost” generation. The lost generation is made up of kids that are self-reliant individualists that constantly think, “what’s in it for me?” (Schroer). Due to this mindset they are highly intelligent. However, they believe that in order to get what they desire they must get it themselves, and because of this they easily become self-absorbed and desensitized to others feelings but their own. This is the result of being a Baby Boomer baby, “Boomers are generally well established in their careers and hold positions of power and authority” (Wiedmer 53). Growing up with this standard, generation X may feel that they need to work just as hard. Meanwhile, generation Y’s values are very different. It has been said that generation Y may be ambitious, however they lack motivation. Could it be possible that this generation is not as motivated as past generations simply because they need a push? “Generation Y is more extrinsically than intrinsically motivated” (Krahn 95). Similar to what was stated above about their work values, this generation holds, the opportunities to explore many possibilities for their careers. This will allow them to pick a field of interest that will allow the best rewards. Past generations took jobs just to get food on the table no matter how much they were paid. Everyday …show more content…
This is because they are the in between generation. This group of individuals were not old enough to be in any major war and at the same time do not have the mindset to create and accept as many notions as generation Y. “Gen Xers’ attitudes on political and social issues often fit between those of the more conservative Baby Boomers and more liberal Millennials” (Gen X). Just recently the concept of same sex marriages has become legalized throughout many parts of the world. The majority of generation Y is more accepting of others differences and greeted this change in the company of open arms, however the majority of generation X has not. In fact, it is not just generation X that has a difficult time accepting this change, it includes all past generations that are still around today. A study showed percentages concerning this new epidemic, “Percent of people who favor allowing gays and lesbians to marry: 68% Gen Y, 55% Gen X, 48% Boomers” (Taylor). As shown, generation X’s percentage is between the Y’s and the Baby Boomer’s. This is owing to the fact that they were raised by the Baby Boomers, however, they are living in the world of generation Y. Due to this, they live in the constant struggle of trying to change their process of life. Another reason generation Y is better, is in view of the fact when the heart breaking aftereffect of 9/11 knocked, the people of generation Y took part in raising national security and

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