I'm tired. I'm tired of people calling us slackers, uneducated, and incapable. I'm tired of previous generations blaming the young and doing nothing to change the problems they obviously see. Do you want to know why the media and society seem dumbed down to you?
You didn't teach us critical thinking. TV News learned to pander in the worst ways. I don't want to be blamed for your mistakes.
I am actively fighting against the programing that tells me I can't, I'm not good enough, and one person can't make change. You complain we aren't capable, but you're just adding to that perception.
By not working to move on from the mistakes of the past, you divide us. I'm not an idiot - you have a lot to teach us. We have different tools and skillsets. We need each other.
My generation is a mixed bag, just like all the rest. But we have new tools, despite what you might think of them. We aren't all the rich kids of Instagram. The internet allows me to connect with leaders all over the world. I can know what is happening at an Idle No More protest in Canada minutes or even seconds after real-time. I can connect with people fighting deforestation in Brazil, fighting tiger poachers in Southeast Asia, and researchers in the Arctic instantly. I can read a curated blog or news site with all of these issues covered. I can research the 'facts' on the nightly news.
There are people coming together now that never would have, never could have, before. The internet can obviously be used for many purposes, but there are ideas and issues that would have previously died in the ether that spread now like wildfires.
We aren't the problem. Fear is the problem. Fear and misleading rhetorical strategies make the differences between us seem like insurmountable gaps. Fear perpetuates how different we are, and never talks to the similarities between us and the universal realities of being human.
What would happen to the world if we defined each other by our similarities, not strictly by our differences?