The Participation Trophy Generation


Monday, December 5, 2016

For as long as I can remember, I have always received participation trophies for anything I have done.

Whether it be sports, school, or anything in between, my generation has always been told good job and received a pat on the back just for attempting to do something, regardless of the effort that was put into the activity.

This has proven to be true even if you were to actually win at something; you always got your participation trophy as well as a trophy for winning. One can’t help but wonder if this has ultimately made the millennial generation soft and susceptible to being hurt.

The millennial generation, as a whole, has never truly been taught how to lose with class. I can honestly say, being from the South and playing sports for the majority of my life has taught me how to lose. Losing is a part of life no matter who you are and where you’re from. Losing doesn’t discriminate against your social class or race.

People from the South seem to be stuck in a time when anything other than winning wasn’t worthy of praise or recognition, though. Things aren’t sugar-coated down here and probably never will be, even in the politically correct culture we find ourselves in.

If you lose, you move on and work harder to get the result you want next time. We can’t always get our way, but losing in anything is by no means an excuse for retaliation.

Granted, losing hurts. It’s not meant to be fun, but rioting and protesting the results of a democratic election, where everyone has the right to vote, is unacceptable.

On the other hand, people saying that Hillary “deserved” to win this election is laughable at best. I’ve always been taught that this world and country owe you nothing. Anything you earn or win has to be worked for and paid for with blood, sweat, and tears. To say that someone who has been under multiple FBI investigations over the course of her campaign and basically sold the office of the Secretary of State to the highest bidder was “deserving” of being the most powerful person in the free world is despicable.

Watching the news last month, I was disappointed, to say the least. My heart hurt for my country because of what we, as a nation, have become. Not because of a Trump victory, but to see people rioting and burning American flags because they simply didn’t get their way.

This has become a common theme over the past few decades though, and more so than ever during the Obama presidency.

We have seen it time and time again, from the Confederate flag being labeled a banner of hate and made all but illegal, to rioters destroying Ferguson because a police officer acted in self-defense while being assaulted. This kind of behavior is becoming the norm in our great country, and I can’t help but think that our Founding Fathers are rolling over in their graves because of it.

Anyone that has any social media account at all has seen people calling Trump supporters racist, sexist, and _______ (insert any other stereotypical insult here).

This is no new development. This has been a common theme during this election, but when did the First Amendment become so hateful?

This trend is nothing but a product of participation trophies.

My generation doesn’t know how to cope with failure because the majority of us have been spoon-fed everything our entire life and never really experienced true failure. The sense of entitlement with our generation isn’t comparable to anything we have ever experienced before throughout human history. We seem to think that not getting our way is cause enough for crying real tears and fleeing to our safe spaces.

This way of thinking has to stop: it is destroying our country. As Americans, we have to remain resilient and proud of who we are.

The eyes of the world are upon us more so than ever, America. The world would love nothing more than to see us fall apart and crumble during this trivial time in American history.

Humanity loves having a front row seat to the latest disaster.

So we have to ask ourselves: are we going to let this moment define American history for better or for worse and give the world what they want to see? Are we going to truly be “one Nation, under God, indivisible,” or are we going to let the outcome of this election drive an irrevocable stake between the American people?

I can only do my part as a concerned American citizen while we wait and see how this all shakes out. Until then, America is in desperate need of our prayers and willingness to unite as a country.

May God bless America.

The views expressed in this article are the opinion of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Lone Conservative staff.

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