Poor little snowflake. This is the fashionable insult nowadays; a broad term generally used to mock the foolish idealism and the hypersensitivity of a younger generation, labelled the “snowflake generation”. Many take offense when being referred as such, but I don’t.
Here is why I take it as a beautiful compliment.
If being a snowflake means rejecting a status quo that does not contribute to the greater good of humanity: I am guilty. If being a snowflake means showing empathy to oppressed communities: I am guilty. If being a snowflake means being emotionally literate and shamelessly communicating my feelings : I am guilty. The rejection of the snowflake generation does not represent a political diss nor a battle between age groups: it translates a clash between world views. Today, speaking out for human decency is dismissed as idiotic corniness. We have become so desensitized as a specie that the bullies are glorified. Violence is celebrated. Human life is commoditized. We have been misled to believe that chaos and conflicts are at the core of our nature. We have been denied the abundance we are all entitled to, in the name of individualism and economical success. In response to that, I will simply quote a very wise snowflake, Jiddu Krishnamurti, who said: “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.” – Jiddu Krishnamurti
A shift in human consciousness
The rise of the snowflake generation is reflective of a shift in human consciousness that slowly but surely repudiates old and destructive ways of living. A process that favors collaboration over competition. Compassion over cruelty. Peace over war. Love over fear. The snowflake generation is ageless and genderless. It does not have a political affiliation. It carries the unapologetic need of freedom and self-expression of human dignity. It expresses the simple idea(l) that being free is our birth right. I will choose a foolish idealism over a desensitized conformism any day of the week. What is the alternative? Why should we comply to cynicism? Why should we surrender to fear? We should not. I will never apologize for having the audacity of asking for a better world, even if that means being ridiculed and shamed. Through my actions, my words and with all the flaws that compose my beautifully imperfect self, I will offer my vulnerability as a contribution to the snowflake generation. Let this oversimplified and idealistic text be another testimonial to my commitment.
Vulnerability is the real strength. ❄️❄️❄️