Magazine May 18, 2020, Issue

COVID-19 Is Not a Unique Hardship for Millennials

A young man works at his computer, San Francisco, Calif., July 16, 2016. (Gabrielle Lurie/Reuters)
No generation is spared exogenous shocks

‘During our lifetimes,” Ryan Brooks suggested recently in a long piece for Buzzfeed News, “the US has always felt like it was in crisis.”

Brooks’s essay is titled “The Coronavirus Pandemic Has Put Gen Z and Young Millennials’ Lives on Hold,” and it is dedicated to the proposition that those two generations have been uniquely unlucky in their timing. In Brooks’s estimation, people of his age are constantly dropping into holes. “The country has always felt like it was in a free fall,” he writes, and this has prompted its younger citizens to endure an “endless sinking feeling that begins when

This article appears as “The Universality of Suffering” in the May 18, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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