[i]I'm young. I don't proclaim to know a lot, or have a firm grasp of politics. But like it or not, my generation is going to be running to country someday, and growing up in the shadow of sex scandals, war, and corrupt leaders, we need hope.[/i]
Speaking as an older person who used to be younger, I would advise you that if all you have is "hope," you're more likely to change things in a [i]destructive[/i] way than in a [i]constructive[/i] way. Positive change requires, in addition to hope, [i]competence.[/i].
Be careful what you wish for. Social movements have gone wrong over and over again throughout history, even if they had positive motivations going in. Communism, for example. It didn't work out so well, to put it mildly.
When I was young, I was not into listening very carefully to those who were older than me. My generation thought it "knew better." We wasted a lot of opportunities because of that.
Your generation is going to be running the country someday. Try not to create a mess. Try to think about how [i]deadly serious[/i] all of this is. Try not to get swept up in the emotional waves that roll through society every now and then.
Watch out for meaningless but exciting rhetoric like "We are the change we've been waiting for."
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