A tweet addressing the topic went viral on the platform this month as many seemed to agree with this sentiment.
Editor's Note: This article was originally published on December 20, 2021.
For as long as we humans have been around, older generations have had trouble understanding and accepting what they consider to be radical viewpoints and values of their successors. Of course, this is true the other way around as well, as most generations feel strongly against the world view of those who came before them. This phenomenon is caused by the natural development of humankind, which presents each generation with a different world than the one their predecessors were born into and sets them up to develop a different outlook on society.
Twitter user Yugopnik recently shared their thoughts on one such subject in a now-viral Twitter thread that's been liked more than 95,000 times. "Calling this generation soft or weak because they are actually quitting toxic jobs was always hilarious to me. How is staying and licking your boss's boots every day for the rest of your life a show of courage exactly?" @yugopnik asked fellow internet users earlier this month. He added that while sometimes life circumstances may not permit a person to quit a job—no matter how toxic it may be—there is no other reason to torture oneself for a job.
I'll never forget when I tried to explain to my mom about this and she told me "You're never gonna get anywhere in life if you don't let the rich people exploit you."— Sapphire Sapphic 💕 (@SapphireSapphie) December 7, 2021
this applies to a lot of 'snowflake generation' nonsense. you're willing to speak up against societal expectations? defy smothering traditions? refuse to be exploited? what a snowflake lol https://t.co/xQEplXtAxf— Shaun (@shaun_vids) December 8, 2021
"Unless you have no other choice and have to work whatever you can to feed yourself or your family. That Is pure unadulterated courage," Yugopnik wrote. As evidenced by the tweet's immense popularity, many people seem to share the same sentiment about not staying in a job that has a toxic environment. "Using the words 'soft' or 'weak' are pathetic attempts to shame workers into accepting shit pay and crappy work conditions under capitalism. What is weak and soft is allowing capitalist overlords to steal the surplus value of our labor and doing nothing about it," tweeted @MarcFish15.
When I was a kid I had many adults who told me to just clock in and 'do my time' like it was a prison sentence because that's what they did to get to the "top". I'm sorry they chose to stay somewhere they were treated poorly for breadcrumbs after decades.— SpasticGinger52 (@spasginger) December 7, 2021
@elhadihouheche also chimed in, writing: "When someone says that our generation is weak or soft, the first thing that I think is, yeah we get triggered by police brutality and actual crimes, while the generation calling us weak is triggered by minorities existing." @EvieMystar also agreed that staying in a toxic professional environment isn't brave. "A lot of people do romanticize the idea of 'suffering for the greater good,' then I guess some boomers extrapolate that as 'if I'm suffering, then it must be for the greater good,' maybe even convincing themselves they like the suffering idk," they tweeted.
Oy mine just gave me ptsd, wtf, I want a refund!— 🍬🌸Fleur🌸🍬 (@SugarBloomie) December 7, 2021
"I still hear this from my family when I talk about antiwork. It's appalling that someone wouldn't want a 'career' in exchange for their health and well-being. Like I'm not going to kill myself for the majority of my life so that I *might* enjoy the last 15 years," chimed in @Davicho266. Even a self-identified boomer weighed in, acknowledging that they have a lot to learn from the younger generations. "I am a Boomer, and as I have found, finally, that I have so much to learn listening to women and minorities, the same with young people. They have so much to offer! The better sort, anyway," they wrote.
Every previous generation: "OH how I'd love to kick down my boss's door and give him a piece of my mind"— Jen-gle Bells the Geek (@JentheGeek) December 8, 2021
This generation: *does that*
Every Previous generation: "Weak selfish toxic snowflake!"
I quit my shitty food service job in Austin to go sell art in Hollywood.— GONZO HOMELESS HOLLYWOOD PSYCHEDELIC ARTIST (@gonzo6664) December 8, 2021
I’ve never been happier in my fucking life. https://t.co/0fdat8Zg83 pic.twitter.com/L1JOPSqLI8