Baby Boomers and Millennials: Level of Trust Toward Authority
“I think I’m a natural-born leader. I know how to bow down to authority if it’s authority that I respect.” -Tupac Shakur
One of the many things that Patrick and Amanda have noticed when working together on The San Diego Lifestyle is that although they see a lot of things the same way, they have very different views on a number of topics. This can be challenging, especially as they work through the creation of a virtual guide to San Diego for visitors and locals. Some of these differences are a result of the fact that he is a man and she’s a woman, and that he has a lot more life and business experience than she has. But at a more fundamental level, some of their different views are a result of the fact that she’s a Millennial and he’s a Baby Boomer. Baby Boomers and Millennials have a lot in common, but tend to also disagree on, well, a LOT. They have decided to start a new segment on The San Diego Lifestyle where they will discuss some of their views on a variety of topics. Check out this week’s debate on different levels of trust toward authority.
Baby Boomers are confident with themselves, but not with authority. Gen X’ers have a low level of trust towards authority, and Millennials have a high level of trust toward authority, yet they are less trustworthy of individual people, perhaps from being born into an age of terrorism or because of the danger obsessed media. Amanda thinks Millennials do have a hard time trusting people on a more personal level, growing up without watching the news because her mom told her the news had way too many negative stories. Patrick thinks his Baby Boomer generation does have respect for authority, unlike Millennials. He brings up Colin Kaepernick not standing up for the National Anthem recently, and thinks it’s wrong and completely non-patriotic. Amanda thinks although it is wrong that he has not been standing, she understands his Millennial mind, and thinks most Millennials want attention when they stand up to authority. She thinks it’s more of a mindset, where Millennials believe they have the freedom of speech and should have the right in this country to do and say what they want.
What do you think? Does Colin Kaepernick trust authority or is he overstepping his boundaries? Do all Millennials have a hard time trusting authority on a personal level? Should Baby Boomers trust authority less? We’d love to hear from you!