At a commencement address in Wellesley, MA, a teacher tells the graduating class that they are not special. Not unlike Tyler Durden in Fight Club, he tells the Class of 2012:

We have of late, we Americans, to our detriment come to love accolades more than genuine achievement.

I don’t want to beat up on this generation of young people anymore than I appreciated earlier generations beating up on me, but this is the kind of thing young people do need to hear, just as my generation needed to hear that we had to stop saying “everything sucks and there’s nothing that can change that” and actually get out there and change it. (And I’d like to think we did with the Internet Revolution.)
I hope eventually this lesson will settle in. For those of us a little older and a little more able to deal with criticism, take it to heart.
Just like we should take to heart what Tyler said in 1999: