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“We are the crying and confused teenagers who wandered the halls of their high schools as we watched the world change around us.”

Millennials are the underestimated and the most criticized generation. Older generation sees us as whiny teenagers who can’t stand on their own feet. They think that millennials are nothing but a lazy couch potato. A self-centered teenagers who only cares how we look in our daily selfies. A demanding creature who wants to get what we want in just a snap of a finger. A thirsty youth for love and fame but all of these are nothing but misconceptions of how the world sees us. The truth is we are a lost soul finding for the essence of life. The truth is we really do care for our world.

How millennials do care for the world he/she’s living in? We have our own way to be globally connected and to keep in touch in the worldwide news. We may look like we don’t care what is happening in our surrounding but that’s not just the truth. Maybe you don’t see us in front of televisions waiting for the news or you might also think that we don’t care because we don’t turn on the radio to hear some news but to hear some new trend music but as I’ve said we have our own way. Our own way to stay globally connected is through internet. We are curious about almost everything than you could imagine, with the use of Facebook and google we can search what we want to know. We can dig deeper about certain topic than the other generations do.

You may see us every day holding our phone or in front of our computers thinking that we are not a productive individual but with the use of technologies, we can express our opinions and ideas to the world that may contribute to build a better future. The modernization sum up with the pressure putting in our shoulders because they think with the help of technology we easily done our tasks. We are admirable generation because we learn how to multitask because of the advance technology we have.

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We are the generation who lives in a judgmental and cruel world. We are born in a progressive modernization where changes lie everywhere, seeing the vivid reality of life. Living in a fast-changing world makes us hard to cope up with the present. We feel the pressure behind our back because of the responsibilities that society sets for us. Though, the other generation thinks negatively on us we should keep proving ourselves to them. No matter what they think of us, we are the one making our path so together we should pull up ourselves to the top of success. With their doubtful minds let us keep aiming high, with these people constantly putting us down let us all rise up. This generation who is constantly doubted, criticized and underestimated by older generation will be the future of the world so let’s keep learning so we can teach the upcoming generation and exert a hard work towards a better future.

 

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The Millennial Factor

I still believe that upbringing by parents will still have the most influence to a millennial like me, although we are stereotype of the media-obsessed and technology-dependent generation. The love and caring of our parents poised a big influence on all important aspects of our personality traits, belief, and even in political belief. I’m very fortunate to have a loving, big, solid-family. I have 10 siblings all in all, and my being the youngest of all my elder sisters and for being a daddy’s girl should be added also in my overall character compared to my millennial-brothers and sisters. 😉 Other factor would be the influence of a religion, but it all depends on how religious we are or the intense loyalty of one’s religious-belief. My family and I are all consistent Iglesia ni Cristo devotee, and I am proud of the discipline and unity that were infused by our religion to our family. I’m a recalcitrant Generation Y-girl though, as I won’t totally be submitted to any juggernaut or sect, especially in my religious belief.

One big factor too is the environment where we live at and study. Friends, classmates, and neighbors play big influence too in our manner of talking and to our overall view, and personal-traits, but our access to social media differ the way we talk and think compared to our parents. Millennials are now more fluent in English and are linguistic than older generations. We have all access to free English lessons, dictionaries, correcting grammars, free English movies, comics, anime or manga, books, and etc. It is also nice to see that my parents are connecting with their former classmates through Facebook, but my millennial classmates are closer to me than our parents’ and grandparents’ classmates, because my millennial-classmates have constant connections with each other starting from when we were in elementary up to present, and thanks from the advent of cellular phone for quick access and for making our calls and texting cheaper, and also free-chatting through private message on Facebook.

For sure, my millennial-friends are savvy than my Baby Boomer-parents when it comes to buying or shopping. I don’t believe in advertising by companies, that’s why I rely more to my parents’ and friends’ advices, as well as going to online experts’ advice and recommendation before making purchases, and for that, I thank the websites on the internet.

Facebook is still much being used by millennials, but recent survey found-out though that Facebook now is more popular with non-millennials. For us, Facebook makes us unhappy, and we are very tired of it. One rational reason is that they are allowing many fake news to be posted on our home page. Social media platform such as YouTube, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, Twitter and LinkedIn were found to be more exciting for millennials than non-millennials.

Millennials are very fond of new technologies and discoveries and are not afraid to explore and use more complicated gadgets than the more disciplined and reliable, older generations. In reality, the lazier millennials have more abilities, and we are outshining the idealist Baby Boomers with the help of new, advanced technologies. Whether our older cohort of older generations will disagree to this, I together with my millennial counterparts destine to leave a big mark for this generation and for the next Z-Generation.

 

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The Fading Concept of Nationalism

After suffering through years of government education and socialization, a fair amount of sympathy for nationalism is predictable. From early on, teachers pass on patriotic myths to elementary school children in songs glorifying war and fairy tales presented as history, wherein government actions account for all success, wealth, and peace.

In the Philippines, students express obedience to the nation through the Pledge of Allegiance, unquestionably recited from memory at the beginning of each school day, while facing the Philippine flag found hanging in every classroom.

Later in life, sports games, athletic competitions, and military functions renew this sense of collective nationalism by obliging renditions of the Star Spangled Banner, reminding Philippines that they are unique in belonging to the “land of the free and home of the brave.”

Young individuals learn they are culturally and socially exceptional, far beyond any other civilization, and thus have little reason to engage and understand societies which differ from their own. This nationalism demands loyalty and devotion in return for a solid cultural identity. But for a growing number of young people, this traditional concept of nationalism is increasingly obsolete.

Compared to their parents and grandparents, today’s generation are much less nationalistic and much more open to ethnic diversity and world cultures. This also leads them to be much more optimistic about the future.

According to a Pew Research Center study from Nov. 2011 in the Philippines, young adults from 18 to 30 years old—known as Millennial—are generally less likely to classify themselves as “very patriotic.” Less than 46 percent say religious and cultural values tied to the nation are “very important,” and just 32 percent believe the Philippines is the “greatest country in the world.”

In fact, while most other age groups have a generally pessimistic view of the nation’s cultural future, Millennials are more likely to believe that “life in the U.S. is getting better,” owing to the fact that there is “more ethnic integration, more immigration, and more equality between the sexes,” according to the study.

“Today’s Millennials are more open-minded towards variations in skin color, religious faith, and sexual orientation than previous generations,” says Scott Beale, a social demographer and creator of MillennialPolitics.com. Similarly, a 2010 Yankelovich Monitor study found that more than 71 percent of Millennials “appreciate the influence other cultures are having on the Philippine way of life,” while less than 58 percent of the older generations feel the same way.

On the “Us versus Them” episode of Liberty In Exile, the Stateless Man himself, Fergus Hodgson, and I discussed changing attitudes toward immigration in the U.S., specifically the embrace of the economic rationale for open borders and increased cultural exchange.

One can explain this embrace of cultural diversity by younger Philippines with several social factors, but greater exposure to different nations and customs is at least one cause. Younger generations are also more inclined to travel and explore abroad in groups, embracing different cultures and ways of life in order to gather new knowledge and frame their own views of the world. In the last decade alone, for example, the number of Philippine college students opting to study abroad has nearly doubled.

According to the travel firm PGAV Destinations, nearly six out of 10 Millenials say they “travel for leisure with friends,” nearly 20 percent more than older generations. Additionally, more than 78 percent are “interested in learning something new” when they travel to foreign nations, such as customs, languages, and history.

Cosmo-slow. It is this impassioned desire for travel, diversity, and cultural acceptance that sets this generation apart from others, leaving them less reliant on patriotic myths in order to explain the world around them. They’re looking beyond borders and national obligations in order to define their true identity and sense of community.

Young people are more culturally curious and aware, and less prone to turn to nationalism, but how exactly have they achieved this? The growth of mobile phones, the Internet, and social media have eliminated the need for people to be in proximity to each other in order to have instantaneous and meaningful communication.

Across the globe, virtual communities have sprung up in voluntary fashions never thought imaginable, bringing together like-minded individuals with similar passions, goals, and ideas, without the threat of coercive subjugation and state indoctrination. Such networks brings people closer together despite national and cultural differences and create a new type of civil society.

Online projects such as CouchSurfing and Airbnb allow individuals to lodge with private homeowners and renters as an experience rather than a plain service, defined by a shared love of travel and social interaction. The Stateless Man discussed the virtues of CouchSurfing on Feb. 01, 2012 with guest Christoph Süess, a Swiss traveler who used the service to travel throughout the U.S., sparking friendships and world connections which continue until this day.

I personally used CouchSurfing while traveling in England and Hungary, bunking up and sharing laughs with fellow travelers from Canada, Poland and the Czech Republic. We all found out we were much more alike than our governments and national myths once had us believe.

Another growing social website is Meetup.com, which brings together impassioned individuals to discuss ideas from various walks of life. I have been part of various group meetups organized through the site to discuss economics, history, and politics in Montréal, Philadelphia, Vienna, and Tampa, and the site has received mention several times as a great resource on The Stateless Man.

This new paradigm of a technologically advanced, border-less world serves as a direct challenge to nationalism. It moves younger generations away from a national identity and toward a new “cosmopolitianism,” an ideology based on shared morality across all cultural groups, without obedience to a particular nation. This ideological shift breaks down traditional power and authority and offers greater control to individuals.

“The internet enables much more narrowly targeted divisions so that we are not divided anymore into less than 200 national territories or three or four major religions, but into thousands or even millions of subgroups,” said global IT consultant Fernando Botelho in a Pew Research Center survey about Internet use among Millenials.

His research demonstrates that the millions of communities which exist on the blogosphere, forums, and social networking platforms like Reddit, Twitter, and Facebook, bridge divides which have existed for hundreds, if not thousands, of years.

Botelho recognizes that the spread of technology encourages autonomy and endangers the idea of a traditional nation state with citizens who pay taxes and obey arbitrary laws. This ultimately threatens the elite class of social planners who use the state as a mechanism of control.

He notes that these new divisions “challenge us to avoid the tragedy of the commons at a global level,” making top-down authority virtually impossible to enforce. Recent examples include the Arab Spring uprisings across the Middle East and northern African countries, in which technological tools and networks helped activists organize and protest authoritarian regimes (aided by more-than-generous grants from the U.S. State Department).

“These are the networks that are passing a cascading message of fatigue with authoritarian rule across the region,” writes Philip Howard, sociologist and author of The Digital Origins of Dictatorship and Democracy: Information Technology and Political Islam.

“There is a strong trend towards increasing civic use of social networking software and digital applications that are not controlled by political elites,” he states. “These are the networks that have pulled out such large numbers into Tahrir Square.”

These revolts demonstrated the sheer power of technological advances and what can happen to traditional national governments when citizens organize to reclaim their freedom.

More autonomous individuals no longer need the state to define their culture, control their fate, or indoctrinate them into the national myth. They’re more tolerant and accepting toward societies once deemed foreign and mysterious. They embrace change and autonomy in a plethora of new ways, thanks to greater relationships and experiences on the infrastructure of the Internet.

More individuals than ever before are intrigued by ideas, cultures, and values other than their own. They understand intrinsic values which unite instead of divide them and retire aged notions of inherent superiority based upon place of birth.

This leads to less reliance on traditional state structures for socialization and formulating a world view. It also bridges populations separated by time and space, with every means available to shatter traditional barriers which keep nationalism fervent and alive.


And one day, they’ll make the final move beyond arbitrary borders, oppressive governments, and myths of national obligations to become truly stateless people in a global world.

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SHS Love Affairs

Relationship in senior high student is being an inspiration for us and education is one of the highest achievement and the trademark on how you are being recognized not only at work but also the people whom you met in your everyday life and the key in attaining our goal. Its importance in life is what make us who we really and what are we capable of that lead us to progress and develop further more. It isn’t a tangible product rather it’s an intellectual property that each of us uniquely have, but before we have this information we take it as a step by step process. And senior high is one of the basic needs in education attainment in order for us to have a formal job.

When talking about senior high school student life, we experience plenty of things socializing and having friends is one of it, but what the relationship of being friends went up to the next level where in the both opposite sex developed to each that development resulted to what we psychologically called love in which both person has the emotion of affection and personal attachment. Having relationship is part of the environment in life and many says it serves as an inspiration and feeling that someone is there for there to accompanied him, but as a student the question is how it does affect the performance and emotion of each in their studies? What’s the difference of with and without relationship? How would students budget their time in order for them, as a partner, maintain that relationship they have?