Good for the kids. Despite all the garbage they are exposed to every single day in the popular culture:
Young Americans have a reverence for national institutions, traditions and family values, a U.S. survey indicates.
A survey of so-called "millennials" -- those between 21 and 29 -- revealed the group overwhelmingly said they support monogamy, marriage, the U.S. Constitution and the military, The Washington Times reported Sunday.
"We were completely surprised. There has been a faulty portrayal of millennials by the media -- television, films, news, blogs, everything. These people are not the self-entitled, coddled slackers they're made out to be. Misnomers and myths about them are all over the place," said Ann Mack, who directed the survey and is the official "director of trend-spotting" at J. Walter Thompson, the nation's largest advertising agency.
Shame on the "trend spotters" who have so misjudged the generation, and shame on all of us who paint the millenials with too broad a brush. We didn't like it when it was done to us as punk kids, and we wouldn't like it any better today. There are generalizations that can be made about this generation -- as there are about any generation -- and it is fair to talk about them and what their cause might be. But we need to be more careful in noting that they are generalizations, to which there are usually many exceptions.