Opening Insights: Truths vs The Truth
I learned long ago never to wrestle with a pig. You get dirty, and besides, the pig likes it.
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
I deceive, divide and conquer – I love to watch the chaos it creates. I am a millennial – that’s what I do. That’s how I get others to take my side, because I’m right, because that’s really really important, for… reasons. Read on to discover the inner workings of the mind of a millennial, and don't panic, like most illnesses, it is a treatable condition.
Informational Insights: Watching the Chaos
Deceive – I am a liar, but surprisingly, it is to myself that I lie the most often. I lie to others as well, but usually indirectly. I will say something that is technically true (or at least couldn’t be argued against) but disregard The Truth, usually because it’s counter to my opinion. Therefore, I can defend what I say, because it was technically correct. “Einstein had white skin, fact. Based on that truth, it’s likely that he disapproved of other races.”
Millennials tend to present only the information that supports their point, omitting other facts. Rather than presenting all the information in a non-biased way, the Millennial will inject substantial amounts of opinion, but back it up with truths, facts that are technically correct, not The Truth.
Divide – I have strong beliefs about what is right for me – and for everyone else. All the way down to my core, I know my beliefs are right (I must have forgotten that I lie to myself). If you don’t agree with me, then you are against me. If you are against me, then you are a threat to my beliefs! If you threaten my beliefs, then you are a Nazi. Plain and simple. End of story. All Nazis must be destroyed.
If you aren’t on my side of the fence, then you are my enemy. I don’t need to know anything else about a person (what side of the fence they are on) to know everything I need to know to condemn them.
Conquer – Because my beliefs are so important (if you would only listen then you would agree) there is no tolerance for those that don’t believe the same as I. When I challenge the people in my life to listen to my points and agree with me, and they do, I have control over them. They will agree with me because they are afraid of losing the relationship we have. They will agree with me because I’m right and if they don’t agree, then they are wrong. Now, being wrong is a faux pas of the highest degree. Being wrong means YOU are wrong as a person. There is something wrong with YOU. YOU are broken.
When I can get you to play my game of Deceive, Divide and Conquer then I have control over you. That’s the only way I can trust you. If I can't control you then I will push you away and reject you. The funny thing is, I know you are working like mad to control me as well. The game of control is all-consuming. It’s all we (millennials) think about.
Drama of Control
The drama of control weaves a path of destruction, much like a tornado through a tent-city. We don’t care who gets hurt, because we just don’t care. If we did care, that would be a terrible vulnerability. As a millennial, I must protect myself, because I never learned to have a real relationship, based on trust and love (see recipes for trust & love below). I never learned because my parents never learned, so they didn't know how to teach me. Without supporting relationships, it's me against the world.
- Skill – do I have the intelligence, background and experience to walk the talk
- Dependability/Consistency – do I have a history of keeping my eye on the ball and delivering what and when I say I will deliver
- Intent – what is the real reason I am in this relationship in the first place? What is my end-goal?
- Attention – I see you, all of you
- Respect – I don't want to change you, or want you to change
- Appreciation – I recognize the intrinsic value of your existence in the world, just as you are
Many of us millennials will often lead our conversations with qualifying statements like, “call me crazy” or “I’m not gonna lie…” as if to subtly impress upon the listener how a disagreement with the following point is the same as calling them crazy or a liar. This is manipulation at its basest level.
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Possibilities of Consideration: Divided and Conquered
First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
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Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
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Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.
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