Hold on to those tears. Lock into that foetal position. Man the gun towers of your safe spaces. You are accused of being too sensitive, too fragile, too offended… too ‘snowflake’, I believe…
Understand that the people who label and mock you have been brought up in a hard world. Just as you have. There is a lot of suffering, and for them to be sensitive meant to suffer. Few had the courage to be open hearted in this assault of life on Earth. And so they judge you and you cry and they laugh and write articles and you flap your arms… and cry.
But they forget the direction of evolution. They mistake their lack of understanding as errors in your blueprint. To them your inability and unwillingness to adapt to a profoundly sick society is indicative of weakness. To you, though, it is an innate sense of health and truth and righteousness… a deep yearning and intuition of a better way, a better life, a better world.
Of course you are young, and so stupid things are said and done. You too are ignorant, but this is the misleading ignorance of youth. They condemn you for not having your shit together at 21 and refuse to acknowledge the inevitability of life to craft and shape youthful folly into something much more substantial because they are afraid to acknowledge where this is leading and what you will become. They judge you because they don’t understand. They condemn you because you are a mirror to their unparalleled inadequacies and mistakes. No species has ever come close to having the capacity to destroy a whole planet and all life on it, nor have they ever set it into motion. The people who laugh at you have fucked up on a cosmic level. And deep down they know it and they hate you for pointing it out.
Does this world look like they knew what they were doing? What quality of people and choices results in this here world? The truth is that those who mock you are clueless and guessing. The architects and passengers of this insane world are clueless and guessing. Our non-leader leaders are clueless and guessing. The media commentators so quick to position themselves as experts are clueless and guessing. Hence this world. This is not a world born of intelligence and understanding. No species that destroys itself, destroys each other, and destroys the very environment that it needs to survive can regard itself as intelligence.
This world is the natural result of clueless minds, too insecure to admit to their ignorance, haplessly guessing at a direction under the deluded guise of qualification, getting it horribly fucking wrong on a scale once unimaginable, and then rolling their eyes at the young and bewildered cursed to be born into their mess who are utterly sick and despairing of it all.
They are clueless and guessing, and until they have the humility to acknowledge that maybe, just maybe, they don’t know what the fuck they are talking about, then ignore them. BUT, when that humility comes do not overlook nor understate how much they also have to offer. Your energy, compassion and brimming mind is the future, but the realisation of a healthy future depends upon the vital nuances of understanding that only living life can give you… that only those who currently sneer are positioned to share. Youthful optimism and energy is not enough. Really.
And, to those who deride the snowflakes. The generations that destroyed the environment. Who lived well at the expense of their children and grandchildren to come. Who allowed 22,000 children under the age of five to die every day because of poverty whilst they got fat and scraped half plates into bins (shameful, how fucking shameful). Who got rich or celebrated getting rich whilst billions struggled just to survive. Who supported war after war on nations and people pitiful and pathetic in the face of such sophisticated brute force… bullies is what we are. Who know that their leaders lie and distort and feed themselves but who do nothing to hold them to account, let alone take their own lead. To those who sneer at the squeals and tears of the young… roll your eyes inwards and look at your own fucking heart. Maybe if you’d had the courage to hurt with your fellow human beings, to cry at the agonies of the world, to petulantly demand better ways, then these hellish existences would not exist. You hold no position to be judging anyone.
Sensitivity is a superpower. To be sensitive to the suffering and injustice in the world is a world-changing ability. Never, ever, ever forsake it for the sake of placating the ignorance and fear of those that sneer. Instead, refine and strengthen your sensitivity, reinforce it with humility, knowledge and a life lived. Be humble enough to learn and to grow, and strong enough to walk to your own beat when the world demands conformity. Become the biological weapons of change and benefit that this world so badly needs. In the end, you will be loved.