Are Millennials Evolved for a Better World?

Millennials are evolving for a better world, if.

Grant H Brenner

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By the year 2070 we cannot say, or it would be imbecile to do so, that any man alive could understand Shakespearean experience better than Shakespeare, whereas any decent eighteen-year-old student of physics will know more physics than Newton.

— C.P. Snow

In the year 2525, if man is still alive
If woman can survive, they may find
In the year 3535
Ain’t gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lie
Everything you think, do and say
Is in the pill you took today

— Zagar and Evans

Oh what did he say?

When I ask if Millennials are evolved for a better world than this one, I don’t mean this as an insult, insinuating a sense of entitlement without having earned privileges. I mean it as a compliment. I truly believe we have a lot to learn from new people, especially right now as human mental evolution is bounding forward with the advent of advanced computer hardware, robotics, complex information-technology-turbocharged information systems, and machine learning. This is the first time in human history when you can see the whole world in one glance, on your phone. And the whole world can see you looking back at it, through more facets than the eye of a horsefly. This is the first time in history that the idea of a global network of consciousness has the anatomy to physically support actual information exchange and experiential qualities, and the authenticity of the digital world is not only equivalent to that of traditional reality, but is becoming fully coincident.

This is the world into which our children are being raised and which is shaping their identities. This has always been true, but evolution is happening at a much faster rate nowadays. Don’t blink because you might miss it.

This is who they are becoming, but what is happening is uncertain. Children are living in a totally different world than 50 years ago, in a way which never has been true before because of the arguably fundamental difference in the present world from any past human civilization.

Life is hard

If they are more anxious, if the world is more depressed, if there is more…

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Grant H Brenner

Psychiatrist, Psychoanalyst, Entrepreneur, Writer, Speaker, Disaster Responder, Advocate, Photographer