RUSH: This is Jennifer in Denver. Jennifer, I’m glad you called. It’s great to have you on the program. How are you?
CALLER: Hi, Rush. I’m good. My point is pertaining to Millennials losing hair due to stress. And I think that it’s not that the world is any more stressful today than it has been at any other time in our history, you know, with climate change or terrorism.
CALLER: It’s that the Millennials haven’t been given the tools to deal with stress.
RUSH: Are you a Millennial?
CALLER: No, I’m a Gen X-er.
RUSH: Yeah, the Millennials are Generation Y. Okay.
CALLER: And, you know, in this culture today of everyone gets a trophy and everyone wins and parents do homework for the kids and projects, they’ve never been taught how to deal with any type of adversity. And they get to college or high school and all these anxiety disorders are through the roof. But they’ve never been taught, from little kids to now. So they don’t know how to deal.
RUSH: You know, I actually think, Jennifer, I think you’ve got a point. How do people become these soft little fragile snowflakes on college campuses unable to even deal with people who just say words they don’t agree with?
CALLER: Right. Well, it starts in kindergarten these days.
RUSH: No, day care. It starts in day care.
CALLER: Right. Yeah, exactly.
RUSH: Well, she’s reacting — Jennifer, thank you very much. I’ve got a very closing time window here, and I don’t mean to be rude. She’s reacting to a caller earlier this week who said, “Look, you got to understand these Millennials. I mean, from the moment they’ve been able to understand English, everything about their day is going to kill them: Climate change is going to kill them. Terrorism is going to kill them. Food is going to kill them. Republicans are going to kill them. Everything.
They’re scared to death. And that’s why they’re losing their hair at 18 or 19. And they don’t have a common bond of patriotism, love of country. There’s nothing positive in their reinforcement mechanisms to deal with this because they’ve not been taught that. They’ve not been taught how great their country is. They’ve not been told that they alone can succeed. It was a very persuasive argument, but so is Jennifer’s here: That their stress level really is no different than any other generation.
We’ve all had our problems. But they haven’t been taught any coping skills. I think there’s something to be said for that. Everybody gets a trophy, and nobody loses. And two plus two is five until you figure out it isn’t. I think that’s a factor: Not having been taught ways of coping, reacting, or any of that. Because it’s clearly necessary. Everybody needs to have some sort of boundaries, instead of letting all of these threatening things in and becoming deeply personal. Jennifer, thank you so much. I appreciate it.