1 week ago
As a kid I always assumed that adults knew what they were doing. They woke up, had their grown up coffee or tea, went for their adult jobs and came back tired and feeling important. I believed adults knew what they were doing, with their lives and the lives under their care. I believed that angry, big men knew politics and that the women in my household were meek, soft-spoken creatures with no opinions of their own. After all, if your husband can think for you, why do you need to?
And then I did this unforgivable thing: I grew up. I saw the world we'd trustfully left up to our elders to care for was a mess. I saw that in order to "care" for their families, grown-ups had "protected" them by segregating "different" people, by alienating them. I saw them fund even bigger men and industries that polluted our natural resources with toxins that killed the flora and fauna and air around them. I saw them browbeat those who asked for banning religious practices that were destroying our Earth. I saw them justify discrimination against women under the guise of protecting them from "harm". Harm, which, without a doubt, was inflicted by their own gender, which they might as well inflict on other women, under different circumstances.
So here we stand today, with a planet on the verge of extinction, a country on the verge of a genocide and a generation that feels disconnected with everything believed in by the previous one. Where do we go from here? What lies ahead? Maybe, it is time we took the helm and make the grown ups take a seat, they've done enough harm already. The question is: are you too proud to acknowledge that a 16 year old girl knows what you're too stupid to accept?