Millennials are blamed for the disintegration of pretty much every economical, sociological and political system society has in placed. How has it come to be that young people, who have barely been on this planet long enough to make a difference, have caused so much destruction?
As a millennial and speaking for millennials, it must be said, millennials do complain quite a bit. That’s because we have no money, no home-ownership prospects and the people that created this societal situation aren’t taking responsibility for their actions.
Not to sound like a brat but “It’s just not fair”.
As the harbingers of common standards and being humble, millennials have been continually thrashed in the eyes of the Boomers that gave birth to us. As Elle point out, the blame falls on us for “being overeducated and overqualified, but still being underemployed [and] living at home with our parents”.
Something doesn’t add up. Why have we ended up in this tough financial position?
Is it the crooked landlords that try to charge us obscene rates for rooms below the legal size limit? Could it be the business owners that pay 12 months of free labour with ‘experience’?
It’s avocado. It’s always been avocado. The physical embodiment of entitlement. It’s avocado’s fault, can’t you see?!
Okay, we don’t blame you for thinking that this doesn’t make sense. Namely because it doesn’t. According to a newspaper column in The Australian, our avocado expenditure is the primary factor contributing to us never being able to put a deposit down on a house.
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The article reads: “I have seen young people order smashed avocado with crumbled feta on five-grain toasted bread at $22 (£14) a pop and more. I can afford to eat this for lunch because I am middle aged and have raised my family. But how can young people afford to eat like this?”
“Shouldn’t they be economising by eating at home? How often are they eating out? Twenty-two dollars several times a week could go towards a deposit on a house”.
I’m not going to rail on this piece too hard because the obscenity should be pretty blatant. But two things must be said.
Firstly, you ever think that maybe young people have a penchant for luxury food because our future prospects are so dismal that the sweet taste of a good brunch serves as escapism from a fate we didn’t ask for but are destined to have and be blamed for?!
Secondly, the average deposit for an UK house in 2016 is £32,927. Food in Australia is much more expensive than it is here. Avocado toast in a typical London Brunch spot is about £6.
That’s 5487 pieces of Avocado toast! Even if you ate it every day for a year, it would be 15 years before you would think: “shit, if I hadn’t eaten all that avocado toast I would have a house by now, not living under an overpass on the A1”.