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THE GENIUS OF IDENTITY POLITICS

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Diabolical, but genius nevertheless.

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I recently wrote a column describing the concept of “Old White Men” which is a mean-spirited attempt to discredit the wisdom of our elders, who are portrayed as stumbling blocks to progress. I want to take this a step further as this is a part of what is today referred to as “Identity Politics.”

The idea behind this is to differentiate various groups based on such things as race, religion, sex, and age, so they can be politically manipulated. Once segregated, the groups are stereotyped, vilified, and attacked thereby putting them on the defensive. For example, we see this in:

* Old versus Young people – as mentioned, young people are taught to malign the values of their elders.

* Men versus Women (Feminism) – the values and character of men are portrayed as seedy and heartless.

* Whites versus all other ethnic groups – here, whites are portrayed as racists who have been in control far too long.

* Christians versus all other religions – whereas Christianity was an important part of our culture at one time, now it is portrayed as insensitive to others and an effort is underway to systematically remove it from society.

Gun owners and the NRA are portrayed as evil. In reality, they promote safety and education. Responsible gun owners, particularly those in the NRA, are not the problem. It is those who do not truly understand what guns are and are unfamiliar with how they should be used, they are the reckless ones.

Even American History is under siege as statues and monuments representing important figures from our past are being toppled. The message is clear, “America is evil.” By doing so, patriots are ridiculed and condemned. It’s true, our country has made a lot of mistakes along the way, after all we are only human, but we have also done a lot of positive things to make us an economic powerhouse and the champion of freedom, which are conveniently overlooked.

From this perspective, the epitome of evil is a white, Christian, old man, who supports the Constitution, owns a gun, belongs to the NRA, and believes in hard work, responsibility, citizenship and patriotism. Such a person is falsley accused of being unfairly “privileged” as opposed to everyone else. Years ago, there was respect for such a person, but today he is condemned, and blamed for all of the problems in the country. By doing so, whatever this person’s political inclinations are, others are encouraged to vote as his opposite.

The intent of Identity Politics is to simply divide and conquer. To do so, key words and expressions are introduced such as “Old White Men,” “Racist,” “Hate,” “Deplorable,” “Fascist,” and “Trickle Down Economics,” all intended to solicit a Pavlovian response. This is designed to program people who can only grasp simple words and expressions as opposed to thoughtful dissertations. From a strategic perspective, this is sheer genius; diabolical, but genius. Whoever is devising such expressions is counting on the public to act like a herd of sheep, and regrettably, they are correct.

An inherent component of this is the news media who is used to plant the seeds in the public’s mind, and cultivate their perspective. By making a word or phrase popular, it becomes another image to indoctrinate the masses.

Who exactly is pulling the strings on Identity Politics is hard to say. The Clintons? The Obamas? George Soros? Or perhaps a media mogul. Most likely it is from the Saul Alinsky playbook. One thing is for certain, it is a strategy used by liberals to combat conservatives. The use of simple slogans by the Left is preferred over a debate which they cannot possibly win.

However, not all is lost, as the public grows weary of the trite stereotypes and is no longer buying it. The fact Donald Trump was elected president, and his popularity continues to grow, is indicative of this. Another sign is the unexpected popularity of ABC’s new “Roseanne” TV show whose ratings are skyrocketing as it is the only show addressing issues opposing liberal doctrine. This was followed by “Chappaquiddick,” the popular movie about Sen. Ted Kennedy and his involvement in the death of aide Mary Jo Kopechne, a story liberals would like to see go away. However, these two shows are the exception as opposed to the rule in Hollywood. The fact remains, people are growing tired of political correctness and liberal spin, preferring substance as opposed to facade. This will undoubtedly all have a bearing in the 2018 mid-term elections.

Identity Politics was not invented by accident, but by design. The words and slogans used are incredibly effective in shaping the attitudes of the masses. As I mentioned, it is genius, diabolical to say the least, but sheer genius nonetheless.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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What the ….?

Did you ever get the feeling that you were missing something?  Like everyone is talking about a movie you didn’t see.  Or a TV series everyone watches on Netflix and you don’t have Netflix.  Everybody is all excited about this thing but you’re sitting there going what the ….?

We’re all having one of those what the….? moments because when we log on to Facebook, all we see are pictures of our friends Grandkids, pictures of what someone is about to have for lunch or dinner, funny little clips and nostalgia.  Yeah people are selling things and there are some political statements but where is this Facebook news?  In order to censor news, you have to have some news right?  Now as we report all sides we have to tell you that our ubiquitous, national and international, reporter Cynthia Caruso says, all the stuff you see on Facebook that is their news.  But the rest of us are looking for a Drudge type thing with headlines or even some Fake News from CNN and we can’t find it.

Then Facebook is selling our data.  But who would pay for pictures of John and Millie’s Grandkids?  Or a picture of a meal someone is about to eat in New Orleans?  Or one of those surveys you take to find out you’re a genius, even if you get half the questions wrong?  Someone pays good money for this?  What the ….?

Then there is this Zuckerberg guy and he’s testifying in front of the Congress.  And because of that his face has been all over the TV and the internet for over a week now.  And, he’s not ugly or anything but he has one of these faces that if you never see it again, life will be good.  And the Senators are being real nice to him because he’s given them all, a lot of money.  We guess to them, he’s like your ugly old Aunt with the bad breath.  She gives you fifty dollars on your birthday and Christmas every year.  You don’t want to have to sit and talk to her at Thanksgiving but then you don’t want to be rude to her either.  Hell, you like the fifty dollars.

And Paul Ryan Speaker of the House is not going to seek re-election.  The only reason guys like this don’t run, is they’re going to lose.  Now with Paul Ryan that could mean either losing the next election or not being named the Speaker of the House in 2019.  But rest assured Paul Ryan did not quit politics as he said, to spend more time with his family.  He spent the last twenty years of his life spending our tax dollars and getting rich at the same time.  There are not too many professions you can do that in.  In fact, we can’t think of another one.  And, for guys like him, nothing is sweeter.  Now what probably happened is, somebody showed him some election polls with the name of the next winner of his Congressional district.  Or someone showed him who his buddies in the House were going to pick for the next Speaker of the House.  And in one these scenarios, it wasn’t him.  At which point Paul Ryan, must have just shook his head and said.  “What the ….?”  Then he quit.

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FAREWELL TAMPA BAY TIMES

BRYCE ON THE NEWS MEDIA

– I guess it’s time to say goodbye…

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After 38 years, I am finally cancelling my subscription to the Tampa Bay Times, “Florida’s Best Newspaper.” I never actually subscribed to their claim as I found it fraught with problems, and evidently I was not alone in this regards. Years ago, it was common to see the newspaper delivered to all of the driveways in my neighborhood. Today, other than myself, I only see three.

I stopped it for several reasons; the price had gone up, the editorial slant has become far too liberal for my tastes, the sports and business sections are mere shadows of themselves, and community news slowly faded away. However, the biggest reason for dropping them was simply they had trouble delivering the paper on time. Over the last few months we have had to call the paper several times to complain about their failure to deliver the Sunday paper. Although they apologized and delivered a replacement hours later, they never seemed to be able to correct the problem. To make matters worse, I got the uneasy feeling they simply didn’t care about the printed version any longer.

I’m the type of guy who likes to read a printed paper with my breakfast in the morning. The only way this can happen now is if I get up early, throw on some clothes, and drive down to the local gas station for a newspaper. At least I know I will get a copy and I can start my day properly. I know other people have dropped the paper due to its slanted content, but it was a simple customer service problem that did them in for me.

The Times claims to have won twelve Pulitzer Prizes, something they are quite proud of. However, I find their political inclination such that when they print their election recommendations for candidates and issues, I take it with me to my precinct and vote 180 degrees in the other direction. This way I know I’ve made the right decision. As such, this is an invaluable service they provide.

For a long time, there were two major Tampa newspapers, the Times and the Tampa Tribune. For a while, I subscribed to both as I preferred the layout and content of the Tribune over the Times. However, in 2016 the Times bought out the Tribune and merged their customers in with their own. Since then, the number of pages in the Times seems to have slowly been diminishing, making me wonder how much time it has left. This was not the first time I’ve seen something like this occur.

Prior to the Tampa Bay area, I lived in Cincinnati, Ohio for several years. Like Tampa Bay, Cincy had two newspapers, the Cincinnati Enquirer, representing the morning paper, and the Cincinnati Post representing evenings. In this analogy, the Enquirer was like the Tampa Bay Times, and the Post was like the Tampa Tribune. Both were older and well established papers; the Enquirer in 1841 and the Post in 1881. Back when I lived there, I subscribed to both papers as I enjoyed one in the morning, and something to read when I came home after work to relax. It was a friendly rivalry, as the two were delivered at different times, but a rivalry nonetheless.

In 2007, the Post was slowly nudged out of business by the Enquirer, like the Times nudging out the Tribune. As the Enquirer was the last major paper in Cincinnati, they flourished for a while longer. However in 2013, the Enquirer dropped their printing operations and contracted it out of town. Not long afterwards, they began printing in a much smaller “compact” format, including supplements from USA Today. The publication is so small and thin today, it was unrecognizable to me when I first saw it. What was at one time an impressive publication you liked to pour over in the morning, it now looks like something frivolous to line a bird cage.

The parallel between the Tampa Bay Times and the Cincinnati Enquirer is uncanny. The circulation of both publications have suffered over the last few years, forcing them to turn to Internet versions. The Times has always been proud of their printed version, but the economic reality is they may very well have to produce a “compact” version much like the Enquirer’s, which will likely not go over well with regular readers.

All of this is but another indication of our changing world. As I think of my cancellation of the Times, I see it more as a cancellation of the printed newspapers as it appears they can no longer sustain such a publication. What a pity. I would probably have stayed with them longer had they been able to deliver the paper on time, but enough is enough. Now I’ve got to figure what I can read while eating my morning cereal. And, No, it won’t be a computer.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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Legends in Our Time

Out of great tragedy step great leaders; think Abraham Lincoln out of the ashes of the American Civil War, Dr. Marin Luther King Jr. against long standing racial injustice, hell think Jesus here too, transforming the massive perfidy of the human race.  And, now out of the ashes of the bloody shootings at Stoneman-Douglas High School, Parkland Florida comes, Young David Hogg, destined to change the world.  Appearing on social media, the internet and TV every day, as if he already has his own cable show, Young David Hogg berates the NRA, guns in general and Laura Ingraham in specific.  Now, as we like to give all sides of a story, there are some people who have compared Young David Hogg to a young Billy Mummy on that classic Twilight Zone episode, from years ago.  If you remember or even if you don’t, Little Billy Mummy played a devilish little kid, with the power to wish people he doesn’t like, away into a cornfield.  And some are saying that Laura Ingraham is now in that cornfield.  But Laura Ingrahm’s people say she is just on Easter vacation.  We’ll know for sure tonight.  But let’s us say now, that if Laura Ingraham winds up like Bill O’Reilly and Eric Bolling, two former Fox News Cognoscenti, who supposedly left on “vacation” but really wound up in that cornfield.  We won’t be the least bit surprised.  And, even if Laura does return, be assured that those who oppose Young David Hogg are on the wrong side of history.  The time, the movement and now the man, Young David Hogg, have all come together as one.  Get on board or get out of the way.

And HerHillaryness gave a speech at Rutgers University which is an Ivy League school you should know, but they only paid her 25 thousand dollars.  Not so long ago HerHillaryness would be paid ten times that, or 250 thousand dollars for the same little speech.  But now with The Clinton Global Initiative, aka The Bill and Hill, Gold and Silver, Pawn Shop and Loan, closed and no real reason anyone should give them a dime, her price has dropped precipitously.  It is particularly painful because Rutgers recently paid Snooki of the Reality TV show, The Jersey Shore, 32 thousand dollars to speak there.  They say Legends never really die… they just fade away.  Or was that old soldiers?  Either way, it’s the same thing.

And last Tuesday which was Opening Day for the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium saw Babe Gregorious, you may know him as Didi Gregorious, Yankee shortstop, hit two, three run home runs.  Something the Babe himself, that is Babe Ruth never accomplished on an Opening Day.  Now everyone else seems to have missed this except us, but just before he hit the second three run, home run, Babe Gregorious pointed at the right field seats.  Then he hit the next pitch, into those seats.  And that our dear readers, is how legends are born.

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OLD WHITE MEN

BRYCE ON POLITICS

– Recognizing the communication gap between the generations.

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Following one of my recent essays, a reader claimed it was the rantings of an “Old White Man.” I had heard this expression elsewhere during the 2016 campaign but didn’t pay too much attention to it until I was recently accused of being such a person. I find this rather interesting as my rhetoric and politics haven’t really changed over the last thirty years, yet I was never accused of wailing as a “Young White Man” back then.

Frankly, I believe this is a clever political maneuver invented by Liberals to place a wedge between the young and the old in this country. As I was growing up, I was taught to respect my elders, particularly as I entered the work force. Such people mentored me and offered valuable advice based on their many years of experience. Whether or not I used their advice, I listened carefully.

This is evidently not so anymore. It is true I no longer share the younger generation’s tastes in such things as music, fashion, film, food, and other social customs, but that is to be expected with the transition from one generation to the next. We simply get comfortable in our ways and do not like any unexpected twists. Take music for example, I like to believe I have a rather eclectic taste in music. Even though my generation enjoyed classic Rock and Roll, I also appreciate symphonies, operas, Big Band, Jazz, Blues, and some country/western. However, I started to gravitate away from Pop music with the advent of Punk, followed by Rap, which sounds to me like the sound of fingernails scratching a blackboard. I recognize the Millennials will not agree with me on this, but I hope they also learn to appreciate the music from other generations as well.

Regardless of our tastes, I recognize the Millennials will replace us one day, and I obviously hope the best for them. Would I rather have them fail? Certainly not, but I want to pass along what I learned in my walk through life, just as they will some day. It’s natural.

The expression “Old White Man” is a mean-spirited attempt to discredit the knowledge of our elders, and frankly, I do not believe it was invented by accident. It is intended to split the generations along political lines, and implies such people are stuck in the past and can no longer be relied on to make sound decisions in these modern times. Whenever it is mentioned, the younger people are inevitably accused of being “snowflakes” and the chasm widens between the generations.

As we should all know, with age comes wisdom based on experience, and the elders are more than willing to share it with the next generation. They may not have all of the answers, but they will share what they know and, Yes, old dogs can learn new tricks. It has always been such. However, if youth is being trained to tune out their seniors, they will have to suffer through the elder’s mistakes all over again.

Instead of dismissing the advice of their elders out of hand, I would rather see youth develop a dialog with them, thereby seeking the truth and finding viable solutions to our problems. This will never happen if the different generations refuse to listen to each other.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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Problems, Mathematical and Otherwise

Young David Hogg 18 year old student at Stoneman-Douglas High School, Parkland Florida and the current poster boy for Gun Control is upset and not just because of guns or the NRA.  No, Young David Hogg has applied to four California Colleges and they all turned him down.  Hogg, who says he is going to change the world, claims he has a GPA of 4.24 and an SAT score of 1270.  Since GPA or grade point average is scored on a basis of 1 to 4 with 1, being the lowest and 4 being the absolute highest, it may be that math, is Young David Hogg’s problem.  Not that he would exaggerate because he’s only 18 and on T.V. every night or that he would ever lie to us.

Then we have Young David Hogg’s SAT score and the SAT is two basic exams, one for reading and writing and the other for math.  You can score between 200 as the lowest and 800 the highest for each of them and then your scores are combined.  David Hogg’s score of 1270 if true is in the 80 percentile and is okay, but nothing special.  So we’re sure the reason he did not get accepted is somewhere in the numbers, his actual numbers.  We hate to think it’s because he put down on his application that he is going to change the world and the reviewers thought he was delusional.  Or that they gave his potential slots to an illegal alien, especially if it was one who owned a gun.

And, Planned Parenthood tweeted out that they need a Disney Princess to have an abortion.  This means a Snow White or the Little Mermaid and therein is the problem.  We doubt the Disney artists ever, drew in all the parts.  Why would they?  The Disney Princess’s are cartoons.  But without all the parts, pregnancy is not an option and well, an abortion isn’t in the cards either.

And, Pope Francis has declared there is no hell, which is going to leave a whole lot of people, with nowhere to go.  It also means you can no longer tell anyone to go hell.  It’s not there.  And, we won’t be able to say it’s hot as hell or get out of someplace, like a bat out of hell.  Now we don’t mean to complain, especially about something Pope Francis gives a pronouncement on but you can see from just a few examples here that this is going to play hell, with the English language.

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WHEN THE SHOE IS ON THE OTHER FOOT

BRYCE ON POLITICS & THE NEWS MEDIA

– The Liberals are frightened of conservative television.

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Earlier this month my liberal and news media friends went into a state of panic over a recent report the Sinclair Broadcast Group was pushing the owner’s conservative agenda through their many television outlets. It wasn’t bad enough the owner was a conservative, but it was alleged by CNN the Sinclair stations were now being forced to run segments in support of President Trump.

Sinclair was founded in Baltimore, Maryland (now in Hunt Valley) by Julian Sinclair Smith, who passed away in 1993. Since then, the company has been run by his family who subscribes to conservative principles. Sinclair is a force to be reckoned with as it is the largest television station operator in the country and commands the larget total coverage with 100 markets, and likely more on the way.

Although there are no Sinclair based television stations in my area, Tampa Bay, they own WKRC-TV in my old stomping grounds of Cincinnati, Ohio. WKRC is a well known station that has served the Queen City for many years. Anyone remember “Skipper” Ryle or Nick Clooney?

CNN was the first to break the story, claiming, by the end of the month, Sinclair will require all of its local news anchors to condemn “national media outlets” for “fake stories” and “using their platforms to push their own personal bias.” The Washington Post took this a step further by claiming, “During the 2016 presidential campaign, Sinclair was criticized for reportedly ordering its stations to air news stories favorable to Donald Trump on a mandatory, or ‘must-run,’ basis.”

The reason the Left is concerned with Sinclair is because television news has surpassed the printed media in terms of market penetration, and local news broadcasts are more trusted than national networks. In other words, Sinclair has developed considerable political influence, and the fact they wish to promote conservative dogma scares the hell out of liberals and the news media.

When I first heard of the Left’s concern, I was frankly amused by their reaction. They would have us believe the news media is unbiased, something the public simply does not believe and explains why journalistic integrity has plummeted in recent years.

ABC, CBS, CNN, NBC, MSNBC, et al are widely regarded as bastions of the Left, certainly not “fair and balanced.” This is why I found the liberal reaction so amusing. Let’s be clear about the press in this country, it has always had an agenda and always will. This goes back to the 18th century when newspapers were founded simply to preach the politics of one side or another. They were used to stoke the fires of the Revolution, sell the Constitution to the American public (see “Federalist Papers”), and promote the interests of north versus south prior to the Civil War.

This is why I find the Left’s revelation about Sinclair amusing. They simply realize the Right is starting to put up a fight, and they do not like it. Whereas conservatives had to endure Liberal dogma for many years on television, now it is the Left’s turn. When the Left screams “foul” claiming Sinclair should practice journalistic impartiality, all I can say is, “Don’t make me laugh!”

The only thing possibly worse for the Libs is if a conservative late night talk show would be introduced. I think their heads would spin off.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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Hits And Misses

They say the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun, is a good guy with a gun.  Now when it comes to bombs, it seems the bad guy with the bombs in Austin was stopped by a bomb.  And even though it was his, own bomb, the equation still holds up.  It might even be a little better, as it seems not just a good guy with a bomb can stop a bad guy with a bomb but even a bad guy with a bomb, can stop a bad guy with a bomb.  We guess you could say the same thing for a gun but we need to look into this bomb thing a little more.  It would solve one of Hollyweird’s problems too.  And, Hollyweird has a lot of problems, so solving any one of them would be good for society.  But one of them is, Hollyweird hates guns.  But they just don’t know how to make more than a handful of movies, without them.  Then there are other problems in society that bombs could help with, as no one gets mad at Bomb manufacturers or ever calls for Bomb control.  And there’s no equivalent of the NRA with bombs, like a National Bomb Association for politicians to cry and wail about.  Yeah, we’re really liking this Bomb thing.  Of course this needs a lot more study before we as a society just replace guns with bombs.  But it’s worth looking into.

And former Deputy Director of the FBI Andy McCabe now says he was dazed and confused when he gave testimony and that is why he had a “lack of candor” which is what got him fired.  He was having a bad day or a bad week or life, so he didn’t know what was saying but whatever it was, he didn’t mean it.  So now he just wants to know, when he can come back to work.

In anticipation of aging porn star Stormy Daniels interview on 60 minutes, someone on staff had to research her movies.  I am personally proud that all the men on staff here stepped up and volunteered, as there are a lot of those movies.  Each one is about 15 minutes long and she emotes well, as in “Ahhh ahhhh.  Yes, yes”, Ooo  Oohhh” and the ubiquitous, “Harder.. harder.”  And, the lady has skills, lots of skills.  She’s no Monica Lewinsky, who only had one.   And last night on 60 minutes, Stormy broke her silence.  She told how she and President the Donald Himself had an affair, once.  And that’s not once, as in once upon a time.  No it’s once, as in they did it one time, just one time!  Seems like, their “affair” was just like one of her movies.  So anyone looking for romance, love or even just sordid passion like we were, is just bleep out of luck.

And the invitations to Harry, Prince of Wales and Meagan Markle’s wedding are in the mail.  We check the mail everyday and so far… nothing.  If anyone out there got theirs and doesn’t plan on going, just let us know via the comments section here.

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Shoot ‘Em

Let’s Arm Everyone – Shoot ‘Em,
Rifle, Pistol, Gun – Shoot ‘Em.

Take Guns All Away – Shoot ‘Em,
Amendment Use And Say – Shoot ‘Em.

Got Your Order Wrong – Shoot ‘Em,
Someone You Think Strong – Shoot ‘Em.

If They Cut In Line – Shoot ‘Em,
When They Spill Their Wine – Shoot ‘Em.

Won’t Support Your View – Shoot ‘Em,
Hair Served In Your Stew – Shoot ‘Em.

Offends You With A Joke – Shoot ‘Em,
Just Ran Out Of Coke – Shoot ‘Em.

Stuck In Traffic Jams – Shoot ‘Em,
Too Much God And Dams – Shoot ‘Em.

Stepping On Your Shoes – Shoot ‘Em,
Wakes You From A Snooze – Shoot ‘Em.

Toilet Seat Left Up – Shoot ‘Em,
No Refill In Cup – Shoot ‘Em.

Drops Milk On The Floor – Shoot ‘Em,
Passengers Who Snore – Shoot ‘Em.

Breaks Your Pencil Lead – Shoot ‘Em,
Don’t Make Up Their Bed – Shoot ‘Em.

Cull Through Every Face – Shoot ‘Em,
Build A Master Race – Shoot ‘Em.

Absurd Evolves To Heard – Root ‘Em.

 

 

A QUARTER-LIFE CRISIS?

BRYCE ON MILLENNIALS

– Another indication of our changing times.

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It used to be, you might experience a mid-life crisis in your late 30’s, as you approached the mythic age 40 milestone. This would result in erratic behavior, and cause people to change their lives personally and professionally, possibly even resulting in divorce. However, according to a new report from the United Kingdom, this crisis appears to have moved up in years and is now plaguing our Millennials.

Although the study was aimed at Britain, their conclusions are likely applicable to all Millennials, including those in the United States. The report was produced by First Direct, an on-line banking service in the UK, to study, among other things, Millennial financial habits. To do so, they teamed up with Dr. Oliver Robinson, Senior Lecturer for Psychology at the University of Greenwich.

Remarkably, 56% of 25-35 year-olds in the study claimed they were experiencing a quarter-life crisis which left them feeling “stressed,” “overwhelmed,” and “struggling to cope,” the same type of anxieties as people experiencing a mid-life crisis.

Top causes behind Millennials having a crisis episode in the last 12 months:

Causes by Age Group 25-29 30-35
Financial difficulties 59.89% 47.63%
Your living situation 37.91% 34.41%
Working in a challenging job 30.40% 26.18%
Lack of romantic relationship 25.27% 27.93%
Trying to find a job 25.82% 20.45%
Being in a challenging romantic relationship 23.63% 26.06%
Trying to get on the property ladder 21.61% 9.48%

Source: FirstDirect

Notice the differences between the two age groups. The figures for 30-35 age group suggests more stability than the younger group, more confidence, and maturity.

First Direct produced a report describing these problems and how to address them, “How to turn your Quarter-Life Crisis into a Quarter-Life Catalyst,” which is available for free at their web site. In it, they explain how to use this crisis to spark change in your life. This is a good read, not just for Millennials, but for their parents as well.

Personally, what I find interesting about the report, it hints at a stunting of the maturation process of Millennials due to declining socialization skills. To me, this is likely caused by our growing addiction to technology, where young people now prefer texting as opposed to verbal communications. This is enforced by the report’s encouragement for young people to network socially, something that has been declining in recent years.

Some will make light of the concept of “quarter-life” crisis. I do not. I interpret it as another indication of our changing world, a decline in our culture, and the dangers of technology.

Keep the Faith!

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Tim Bryce is a writer and the Managing Director of M&JB Investment Company (M&JB) of Palm Harbor, Florida and has over 40 years of experience in the management consulting field. He can be reached at timb001@phmainstreet.com

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