Hey 3.5 readers.
Up front, I want to say I’m not making fun or light of or disparaging the 27 year old missionary who died recently on Sentinel Island. What happened to him is terrible and I can’t say that enough.
I am, however, going to use this as a springboard to bitch about millennials, one of my favorite pastimes on this blog.
I’ve noticed that millennials tend to put life experiences over material possessions. Ergo, they (and not all but a good amount) prefer to spend money on vacations to exotic lands instead of say, putting a down payment on a house.
Not going to lie. There are times when I think about spending my meager savings on a trek around the world but alas, the thought of having to eventually come back and live with my pain in the ass family when I go broke makes me want to gorge myself to death on avocado toast.
But perhaps there are millennials with fams that are more tolerable than mine. At any rate, fun is for the young and I can’t blame a youngster for wanting to see the world. Hell, if you’re older and in relatively good shape, you should see the world too if you can.
I think social media has something to do with this. When I was young, the most you could do was try to impress a date with your story of a far flung expedition. Now you can take photos of yourself in an exotic locale and post them and make your friends hella green with envy. Not saying that’s why millennials do this but I mean, come on, surely a few do.
Unfortunately, sometimes the millennials go a little too far. Otto Warmbier, for example. Now, I’m not saying in any way that North Korea is excused for what they did but whenever I hear about an American who was caught and imprisoned and tortured in a hellhole that is constantly on the news and known well to be a hellhole my first reaction is, “Damn it. Did these people not see that Carnival Cruise commercial? Did Kathie Lee Gifford sing her heart out for nothing?”
Look, my vacation time and funds are limited. If I get to go away, it is going to be to a tropical paradise and my preferred form of torture will be to ogle hot babes in skimpy outfits that I will never be able to obtain (unless 1 million of you buy my book tomorrow).
Where was I? So this young missionary went to India. Off the Indian coast, there’s a series of islands. One of them is Sentinel Island (I could have my facts wrong so see the news for better info) and there is a long isolated tribe. This tribe knows nothing of modern ways. They live off the land. There are documented cases where they open fire with bow and arrow attacks on all trespassers.
At any rate, this guy hired some fishermen to take him to the island even though doing so is against Indian law and though he hoped to preach the gospel, it sounds like he was arrow attacked and killed pretty much instantly.
Part of me says the tribe were dicks for doing this. Part of me thinks this is like putting your hand in the tiger cage at the zoo and then thinking the tiger is a dick when it rips your arm off.
I don’t want to make fun of this kid. His death is tragic. I don’t blame him for wanting to experience great things while he was young. Personally, I look back on my youth, wishing I had great stories to remember and am saddened that it is largely a cloud of me on the couch playing video games and eating doritos, so I hand it to this kid that he did more with his life than I did but still…I just hope millennials will chill out a bit.
Go on fun exotic vacations? Yes. Go to places where you are most likely going to be killed, tortured or imprisoned? No. Please don’t.
End of rant.