Why are we surprised when young people rise up in response to direct assaults on their collective safety?
Why are we astonished when teens are able to pull off what adults have never been able to execute?
Why are we astounded that kids are motivated, talented, forthright, courageous, and empathetic?
Why are we ready to discount and ridicule all they have accomplished on the national stage in a few short days?
Why are they being punished?
Why are they being targeted with violence?
Western culture has designed a coercive system that:
holds young people back from pursuing individual interests and aspirations
uses competition, reward, and punishment to achieve compliance
labels and classifies
is inflexible and restrictive
is afraid of change
infers that kids are - lazy, petty, spoiled, self-centered, apathetic, and rebellious
Therefore, we are completely dumbfounded, unsettled, angry, and distressed when young people prove that they are capable, intelligent, creative, compassionate, and mature human beings who are ready to take on those sacred structures of society that are blatantly harming our citizens while impeding constructive and positive change. Newsflash (Surprise): Our kids are out to transform their world! We had better lose our righteous disbelief, fear, and outrage, or, be prepared to be designated as hackneyed stiffs, while defending an outdated, dysfunctional, and, yes, corrupt establishment.