There seems to have been a significantly higher number of gentlemen in each of the generations before Generation Y compared to the amount of gentlemen actually in Generation Y. For several reasons of course, a few of which I have outlined below:
- Not showing respect to those we don’t believe have earned it. Which is terrible. We have preconceived notions of people without knowing their full story. The people we disrespect have probably done enough to earn our respect ten times over but we don’t know that so we go on disrespecting them which does not bode well for us.
- We measure against ourselves against each other. This is the complete wrong thing to do. In a generation that cries out for individualism it is amazing to see how many of us look at somebody else and say “I’m better than them.” Says who?? There is no way to measure your abilities against theirs because they are a different person. The only person you should measure yourself to is your previous self. That’s it.
- Trouble giving forgiveness. Simply put, if you’re angry at somebody, get over it. Staying angry at someone or something is a waste of time and energy that could be put to better use. Life is too short to hold grudges. You don’t have to be best friends with them but don’t go around actively hating them because it makes you look immature. Don’t be the guy that only has negative things to say about people when they are brought up in conversation. Which sort of leads into the next point.
- Don’t talk about people, talk about ideas. See the post “Gossip: The Lowest Form of Conversation.”
- We let other’s perceptions define us. This is something I have touched on here and there with several of my other posts, mainly in my first post about the value of a like. Letting other people’s perceptions define you shows a lack of individuality and lack of respect for yourself. How can somebody respect you if you don’t even respect yourself? Embrace your individuality and be who you want to be.