Why Millennials Should Care: An Introduction

“While science, medicine, art, poetry, architecture, chess, space, sports, number theory and all things hard and beautiful promise purity, elegance and sometimes even transcendence, they are fundamentally subordinate. In the end, they must bow the the sovereignty of politics” -Charles Krauthammer from Things That Matter

 

This is one of my favorite quotes because I think it paints a clear picture of our society: there are so many things that contribute to our world that can bring us joy and wholeness but this often leads us to forget the supreme power of politics. We must not forget that we are governed by a phenomenon that is increasingly becoming unpopular. With staggering corruption and limited results, a career in politics is no longer seen as working towards a greater good. As the millennial generation rises, we are seeing a significant lack of participation in traditional political channels and instead are seeing millennials have a large presence in community service, social media, and other nontraditional means of civic engagement. I would challenge this with the following question: if we don’t engage in the political process, how are we supposed to make it better?

As a millennial myself, I am seeing my friends focusing more on domestic political problems and criticizing any form of America’s international engagement. While I have critiques of my own, I like to believe that we don’t have to choose between domestic and international political spheres. One of my professors once told me from American University “all politics is local”. This article is the start of a new series called “Why Millennials Should Care”. For the month of October I will be taking a look at various issues in international affairs; my goal is threefold: 1. Explain the problem 2. Argue why millennials should care 3. Spark conversation within my own community. Each post will focus on a controversial subject within international politics that has been discussed in the presidential election that has sparked debate.