BLOGGERA sophomore at Harvard College expecting to major in Government and minor in Psychology, Zeenia Framroze had a cosmopolitan upbringing in Philadelphia, Bombay, and Toronto. She is passionate about...
Where do young people come down on questions of faith, values, and public life? How do they relate their values to public policy issues including education, economic inequality, and the environment? These questions, critically important for the 2012 election, are at the center of a campus conversation being organized by the Berkley Center and Georgetown University. This blog features an ongoing conversation about these issues between students selected as Millennial Values Fellows through a national competition. You can read and comment on their blogs here.
To learn more about the project, visit the Campus Conversation on Values page.
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Zeenia Framroze (Harvard) on Millennials, Values, and America's Future
April 16, 2012
Francis Fukumaya believed that widespread movement towards liberal democracy would lead to some degree of conformity, maybe evident in our fashion choices, music preferences or literature selections. No one wants to be a conformist, but if my generation is moving towards a desire to prioritize happiness and making a difference in the world, I’m happy to follow the herd.
Abigail Clauhs (Boston University) comments on Zeenia Framroze April 17, 2012
Zeenia, I'm going to go on a bit of a tangent here, but bear with me: I will admit that I actually went to see the film 21 Jump Street with some friends this past weekend; the movie's basic premise is that two cops pose as high school students in an undercover operation. The quality of the movie's humor is questionable, but one of the funniest elements of the movie is that the cops are so amazed by how the social structure of high school has changed. Now instead of football players or cheerleaders, the "cool" kids are activists—the ones who care about the environment, who recycle, who run their cars on biodiesel, the ones who care about gay rights and tolerance. It's a completely different kind of mindset, and I feel that is what you get at in your post, too. Our generation isn't as concerned with the conventional success story of a well-paying job and a shiny car. We have lived through the disillusionment with the financial system, and many of us are finding value in other things.
Brian Goldman (University of Pennsylvania) comments on Zeenia Framroze April 17, 2012
21 Jump Street is jumping to the top of my movies-to-see list; I think Abigail’s connection of the plot with Zeenia’s post is spot on. I have seen firsthand our generation’s disillusionment with the financial system and the financial services sector. I truly wonder, however, if it will last. That’s really the main question to center on with regards to Zeenia’s blog—is our generation capable of maintaining a “future and welfare for the sake of others?” Secondly, Zeenia, you mention that you are a “fierce liberal;” maybe two of your icons are FDR and the Kennedy family. These families were replete with wealth, power, prestige, and the like, yet still managed to pass and realize unbelievable accomplishments for the poor, elderly, and needy. I think this point goes hand-in-hand with your statement that our generation is deterred from amassing “wealth for wealth’s sake.” I think the Kennedys and Roosevelts are examples of what can be done when wealth is amassed and used to help others.
Daniel Chen (UC Berkeley) comments on Zeenia Framroze April 17, 2012
Your point about our priorities (values/fulfillment>just wealth acquisition) is something that I have also generally seen among our peers. Nonetheless, how do we respond to charges (for example from family members) that we are simply too young and naïve? Why do millennials seem to be so different from previous generations when it comes to practical occupations?