8 Things Pinoy Millennials
Really Want To Tell Baby Boomers
by Debbie Santander
It’s becoming more pervasive nowadays—Filipino Millennials poking fun at Boomer Culture.
The parody accounts on Twitter. The comebacks during family reunions. Heck, even a book called Titas Of Manila. Could it just be wholesome fun?
Some think not. If one looks closer, there isa sense of frustration in the jokes.
What if we could look inside the heads of Millennials? These are probably 8 things they really, really want to tell the Baby Boomers of the Philippines.
8. You are terribly misinformed about nutrition.
Thanks to Araling Panlipunan, we know that you’re a product of a world recovering from World War II. Food was scarce back then so you left no morsel uneaten on the table. Your view of nutrition was pretty much reduced to “waste not, want not.”
Things are a lot different for us now. Not only is food much more available, we have a whole new world of stuff we can taste and enjoy, like chips, chocolates, instant noodles and instant everything that you couldn’t even dream of in your day. We know salads are way better than a burger. But nutrition for us is all about feeding our lives, not just our bellies.
7. There are other belief systems outside Roman Catholicism.
There is no longer one church that unites all Filipinos. There are Jehovah’s Witnesses, Mormons, Charismatic Christians, Muslims, Iglesias and all kinds of believers. Most of all, there a lot of unbelievers nowadays. And they’re cool, too.
Be more open.
6. Please think more about the environment.
Dang. Small wonder the traffic is horrendous and Manila will be uninhabitable by 2020.
The Boomer Dream is no longer a sustainable dream.
5. Some people opt to be child-free.
It’s not that easy anymore. You grew up in a world of post-war promise. There were far fewer people then than there are now. And it was a simpler proposition to raise kids.
Now, look at your Facebook feed. Pollution, traffic, unemployment, corruption, crime and cyberbullying. The world has become a harder, more dangerous place for a child to live in. Some couples just want to be realistic about it.
4. The things you say can be racist.
We understand that you were born in the 50s. The world was bigger where people stuck to their own flock and didn’t mix too much and there were many more rocks to live under. People who were different from you probably terrified you. So you invented labels and generalizations for them rather than understand them.
But it’s 2016 now. Things have changed. Societies are now cosmopolitan, diverse, melting pots. We have since discovered that there are many tribes in the human race. And civilization isn’t limited to one culture. It can still be scary but it’s less boring that way.
3. Stop buying condos.
And yes, being that you established the world order, we Millennials will never be able to buy our own houses, since the prices keep soaring yearly, thanks to the banks.
We either wait for you to move into your eternal plot of land, or we’ll just rent until we die. Whichever.
2. Retire already.
Rather than sitting around the office earning an embarrassing salary, start your retirement already so that the money going to you can be handed down to employees who want to start families already.
If not, we’ll just eschew marriage and keep living in with our partners.
1. You’re the narcissist, not us.
Surprise! You didn’t see this one coming, did you?
Yes, we admit we’re narcissists who melt our corneas staring into our iPhones all day long. But hey, if you think about it, who’s the bigger narcissist here?
You’re the one generation in the Philippines who wants to be in charge of things forever. Talo nyo pa si Poy—hindi marunong mag let go.
What do you have to say to Boomers? Sound off in the comments!