I’m writing to comment on the article, “Millennials are Products of the Dumbing Down of America” which was in the March issue of The Nationalist Times. While I thought the article was well thought-out and well-written, it was incomplete.
The reason in my opinion is that Dr. Krieg, the author, most likely is an intellectual and younger than me and therefore doesn’t possess my experience in this area of thought. My experience is that of a combat Marine and Structural Ironworker (the civilian equivalent of war).
Many years ago, I guess in the late 1970s/early ‘80s, while I served on our apprentice committee of my local union, we started noticing small deficiencies in our apprentice applicants, mental, physical and emotional. These are the fathers and grandfathers of these millennials we see today.
As we were ironworkers and not trained in sociology, we didn’t understand what we were seeing. But what we observed was the beginnings of this downward spiral, but not only in intellect. It was in everything. As time went by, we had to adjust our tests downward to replace the membership leaving through retirement, and injury. If we didn’t, we wouldn’t have been able to man the jobs.
Later, we had to adjust the method of work to accommodate the younger members. They just weren’t able to work at that speed. Every step of the way, the younger men have not shown they can measure up to the existing standards. Until today, you wouldn’t recognize the work, it has changed so much, especially the speed. Nowadays, everything is done in slow motion. If a man had worked so slowly 30 years ago he would have been fired less than two hours into the day.
I left the Corps in 1969 and I’m sure they’ve experienced the same thing as the Ironworkers. The downward spiral of all standards in every walk of life is dizzying. It is amazing for an older man such as myself to witness this. I will say though, after all my experiences in this life, the most fascinating time of life for me is right now. It’s fascinating to watch people go about their business doing so many things wrong, but stubbornly not adjusting and continuing to do the same things over and over, whilst they already know it’s wrong. Isn’t that the definition of insanity?
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