If The Kids Are United

Do you want to believe? Do you want to have hope? Is hope even possible in this world?

Hope is granular. It comes in the smallest of possible doses. As we grow older, hope grows scarce. Schaudenfreude replaces hope. Bad things happening to bad people is the joy we have in the absence of hope.

Our spirit is broken, us “Xennials”, us born between 1977 and 1983. This was the time that workers wages stopped growing in relation to corporate profits. The national minimum wage is $7.25. Thirty-five years ago, the minimum wage was $3.35. With inflation, that works out to $8.35 in 2018.

I’ve had my soul crushed a million times in these forty years. If the kids are united, they will never be divided. Sham 69 said that. I’ve seen countless mass shootings. I’ve seen bombings. I saw 9/11. I saw the Challenger explode. I saw elections stolen right out from under the public’s noses. I’ve seen Kiss reunite and put on their dumb makeup. I saw the price of a college education skyrocket. I’ve seen so much go wrong.

My generation had our spirit broken a long time ago. I felt helpless and disenfranchised beyond belief. What could I do? I was a just a child when my innocence was lost.

If the kids are united they will never be divided. You take the reigns, kids. We thought our elders would give them to us and they didn’t. They were greedy and acted in bad faith. They lied and lied and made our brains freeze with befuddlement. We became sour and bitter.

For the first time, we were not given a better future than the generation before us. And so we could not give you a better future than we had. But hopefully our generation taught you how to be better people. And hopefully you learned by watching us. Learn from others’ mistakes.

Anne Frank believed that deep down people were really good at heart. She kept her ideals. They killed her and her family. She was but a child when her innocence and life were lost. Many people are bad at heart and embrace it.

If the kids are united they will never be divided.

The kids.