On Millennials and Power
Use it, or abuse it?
By: Karina Soerja
Article published in Rumah Millenials Indonesia Website, March 2017
I see Millennials as the most powerful generation that has ever graced the earth, so far. Why
is that, you ask? Millennials have all the tools at their disposal to become the most influential
lot of people that will determine how the 21 st century will go down in history books.
Subjects that scientists and philosophers of old have spent months, even lifetimes, to decipher
through rigorous experiments, debates, and pondering in town halls, or under the stars, is now
simply laid upon our light treading feet. Why think at all? Knowledge seems to be just a
search engine click away. If knowledge is considered as power, then by God almighty,
millennials are the most powerful of people.
But, what is power without the wisdom to wield it?
There is much more that makes a tree than wood and leaves. To withstand the unpredictable
mood swings of mother nature, the tree understands; the higher it wants to reach for the skies,
the deeper the roots have to unfurl in the earth to strengthen its stance. We are often swayed
too easily by their majestic presence, marvel over crowns of branches, leaves, and blossoms;
we fail to perceive the nurturing that happens below ground, where everything we see on the
surface is harnessed.
If power were a tree, it would only represent the attractive image we are used to admire
above grounds. Wisdom, on the other hand, would be the root exercising the power in the
bellies of the earth. The root clutches the soil as it decides how more power is acquired; when
to use the power, and to what purpose. Its wisdom understands the purpose of their existence,
adjusting its growth to see their purpose come to life. The wisdom of trees grants them the
ability to survive whatever season, knowing whatever damage the tree endures, no matter
how severe, in time it will recover — resilience, and flexibility.
The Millennial generation, once matured, are pivotal in leading the transition into a new era
of vast adjustments unlike anything ever seen nor experienced by generations before us. In
times of unceasing change where norms, values, and beliefs are constantly put to the test, our
actions will determine how future generations will perceive the world.
This is the hidden power time has bestowed upon Millennials; one that, unfortunately, many
take for granted or are simply unaware of having — the power to influence and affect change.
The wisest understand to exert powers responsibly, as decisions once made come with
consequences which more often would impact more parties than initial expectations.
We decide how we want to be remembered decades or centuries from now. Embrace the
power, and optimize it wisely.