Quite an interesting article. I notice there's some similarities between what would have been labelled as the 20th century counterpart of generation z and y. From your personal experiences or what you've seen do you think any similarities in these comparisons?
The article suggests that there is a generation cycle: Starting from the Missionaries, going from: The Lost Generation, GI Generation and finally to The Silent Generation.
"Millennials Rising by Neil Howe & William Strauss fleshes out a theory that generations have a cyclical nature, with four generational types.
Here is the basic idea:
An era starts with an Idealist generation, focused on social issues, and question/challenge the morals of institutions. Idealists are born and grow up in a societal ‘high’- when crime is low, optimism is high, and children are indulged.
Next, is the Reactive generation, focused pragmatic-solutions, and survival. They are usually rebellious, independent, and cynical. The are born during an ‘awakening’- when society is focused on ‘self’ rather than community. Crime starts to rise, and children are under-protected. They are usually branded a “bad” generation.
Next, is the Civic generation, focused on ‘how to clean things up’, and finding consensus in a divisive ‘unraveling’ culture. They gear toward rebuilding institutions, and value optimism and team-work.
Next, is the Adaptive generation. They are born during a societal ‘crisis’. They are over-protected, and value fairness, sensitivity, cooperation. They tend to be conformists, and are usually labeled as a “good” generation.
So based on this cycle it’s fairly easy to identify these archetypes in the present era:
still cooking… (Adaptives)"
So if the millennials of this cycle are the civics if it means generation y, could they be the ones to potentially dismantle the careerist and money-driven mood created by the previous one for a more socialistic(people orientated) one? If you don't see this article was very accurate you may post your own comparison and reasons.
Would Generation Z be late civics, adaptives or reactives like its 90's born generation counterpart of the previous century that fought and perished in world war 1 during mostly their late teens to their 20s? We are the ones who have unemployment issues currently along with maybe some late generation Y's because some of us don't want to conform to the system according to some people's opinions. Some have gone on to defy to a point like with the young adults in Greece who looked to Socialism or Far-Left Leaning Social-Democracy and elected Syriza.
I'm not sure if I am the only one in Gen Z who is like this but I tend to think outside of the box and favour out of the box thinking, preferring not to stay within the framework because it doesn't really lead to any real progress/change. In my school the Gen Z'ers of my year are extremely rebellious but collectivist and often have authority problems, only thing stopping them from joining things like Communist movements which oppose the current order of things is because they think it means that they want everyone getting paid the same which is not true at all.
If you disagree with this order feel free to post your one and why you think.