Of course you've heard of Generation X and Generation Y, but have you heard of Generation W? No? Probably not. It's a term that my coworker made up to refer to the generation of single people today. There's a lot of symbolism in the chosen letter that represents this generation.
One of the symbols is that W stands for wussy. He thinks that we are wussy. I agree, and I admit that that particular adjective has escaped my lips numerous times in the past year referring to other people in my demographic. I think it's true. I mean, an apostle gave a talk about dating. Why would this be necessary? What is wrong with us? Why are people incapable of going on dates?
Because they're wussy, that's why. With the widespread use of the internet and cell phones, it doesn't make it any better, either. People have lost the ability to socially interact in non-awkward ways. If you ever visited my church meeting for young single adults, you'd see what I mean. It's like everyone's scared of each other. I have never seen a group of people that are so much in need of getting grabbed and kissed. It's pathetic. It's almost as if all the talks of morality and "no hanging out" have completely robotized the population. Males cower into their groups while hot girls sit by themselves and don't talk to anyone. There are no conversations that lead to anything definitive. It's like an entire generation of lukewarm water.
Generation W is also very in it for themselves (double you, get it?). It's not what they can do for others and how they affect others, but it's all about what others do for them. And they react accordingly, instead of acting for themselves. Their regard for other people is highly based upon how the other person treats them. They follow; they don't lead. And they are quick to judge others before finding out who they really are. I think that's pretty wussy in itself.
We are as the army of Helaman, my eye. Was the army of Helaman wussy? I think not. Their mothers taught them, but they were not mamma's boys. They probably didn't need Helaman to tell them to take out the cute girl in their city.
Of course, not everyone is actually like that. There are the cool and the brave. And people like them. Why? Because they have personality. They can say yes please or no thank you. They can carry on normal conversations without peeing their pants. An uncomfortable situation is calmly and boldly dealt with. They make choices that are in their best interest but in consideration of other people's needs and feelings.
Alright, alright. I know this sounds harsh or like a ranting or something. I acknowledge that there are a lot of scary things out there that probably influence people into being more reserved or careful about various choices in their lives. I'm part of this generation, too. I can admit it. But really. Think about it. An apostle gave a talk about going on dates. Seriously, duh.