As a person born in 1998, I am considered by many sociologists and marketing firms as being part of a generational cohort other than Generation X (i.e., those darned Millennials). Many have criticized my relatively young age, insisting that my opinion on matters should be dismissed because of my lack of experience in the “real world,” which is, from what I can gather, tantamount to having worked a stable job for over a decade. I am of the opinion, however, that every voice is valuable in a conversation, especially voices that seek to establish a mutual relationship to discuss important issues.
According to as Ernst & Young, Turner Broadcasting System, The Shand Group, together with bank firms and sociological studies, I am a part of what is classified as “Generation Z,” a generational demographic born between 1997 and 2014. There are some surprising facts that have been gathered about this new generation, the oldest of which (including myself) are currently enrolled in university or finding their roots in the world as fresh adults. According to a U.S. study conducted by Dr. Joan Hope, titled, “Get your campus ready for Generation Z,” my generational cohort is overwhelmingly religious, at a point where we are showing up the past several generations before us. Generation Z yearns for the traditions that Baby Boomers and Millennials threw out in the name of social progress and superstition.
I will speak for myself when I say that I believe that the Church is an integral part of society, and I personally take issue with the separation of Church and State, as such a division between the two ruling bodies creates questions of collective moral unification and spiritual identity. However, many of my peers have flocked to traditional forms of Christianity (typically, they are converts from the evangelical movement to Roman Catholicism or Eastern Orthodoxy) in search of a deeper understanding of the Christian faith and its crucial role in society.
Granted, the above statistic provided by Dr. Joan could possibly be attributed to the fact that many in Generation Z are simply “made” to attend church services; however, seeing that Generation Z is the most religious generation in decades and that Millennials, our predecessors, are the most atheistic generation in history (according to Pew Research), it would be odd to assume that my generation’s general interest and infatuation with religion is much deeper than a simple familial obligation.
It is difficult to collectively classify an entire demographic as a certain ideology, but the data doesn’t lie, and I am a living testament of the fact that Generation Z is ushering forth an exodus of atheistic, naturalistic thinking and looking to older, deeper methods of understanding sacred texts and interpretations.
Dr. Jordan B. Peterson, a Canadian professor and clinical psychologist, is also a living testament to this data. Peterson received nearly endless attention and praise from younger college students after he opposed the C-16 Bill in Canada on the basis of defending his freedom of speech. Students and YouTube users flocked to videos that he produced afterwards, including his massively successful Bible series, a 15-part lecture series wherein he examines the “psychological significance” of canonical Christian narratives. Peterson has received overwhelming support from young fans, and currently receives over $66,000/month from supporters via Patreon to fund an anti-Marxist, financially feasible educational institution where the humanities (including philosophy, religion, and mythology) will be taught as objectively as possible.
Generation Z is a generation that is going to clash with the liberal socio-political paradigm installed by the demographics who came before us. The world has invested so much into Millennials – so the most important question is, how serious will my generation be taken? Nonetheless, an idea can always change the world, and it is up to my peers and I to protect the West against the hordes of cultural Marxists and social progressives that have become so ingrained in our society.
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