-- Samuel Beckett, All that fall
crossvector and I were talking about the high rate of "woe-is-meism" in LiveJournal accounts. He conjectured that the self is the closest thing that most of Gen Y'ers have to a deity, which, when combined with the alarmingly low self-esteem possessed by most of them, presents a persuasive argument.
Bringing deity into the equation seems to me to be in violation of Occam's Razor, though. I think that as a whole, Gen Y has become detached from a sense of responsibility, and, having done so, confused what is a privilege and what is a right. Our dreams and desires don't come for free; their pursuit exacts a price and an order.
This failure of accountability is exemplified from the following radio-friendly pop lyric: "If America is the land of the free, why does it cost so much to live here ?"
The generation that follows ours has continued the precedent we started: confusing a land of opportunity with a land of entitlement. Now, being unable to reconcile the luxury they see on television with the abysmal state of their own lives, they feel like unregarded commentators condemned to the audience of a stage production, having lost everything in a lottery conducted at the time of their birth by not being born beautiful, famous, and powerful.