I am a young person who doesn’t identify with other young people.
That’s right, folks, we exist — and cringe at the same news you do.
I usually avoid reporting on my generation’s more misguided exploits because I’d never write anything else. But I would be negligent to ignore America’s best and brightests’ December foibles.
So, without further ado, I, Emily Washburn, self-appointed representative of all Gen. Z, apologize for:
- The White House and Congressional interns who sent not one, but two letters demanding the president enforce a ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war, criticizing their bosses, and repeatedly misusing the word “genocide.”
- The 24-year-old senate staffer who defiled a congressional building with public sex acts.
- The young people terrorizing Jewish students and citizens, hurling expletives and clogging public transportation in New York, Washington D.C., and other major cities in America.
These events expose an underlying attitude of arrogance and entitlement. I, and other young people like me, can’t imagine viewing my government job as a place to voice my opinions, or using a cause I’m passionate about to justify the verbal abuse and inconveniencing of strangers.
I certainly can’t imagine treating a storied senate building as a performance hall for my sexual desires.
I’m frustrated people my age are acting this way. But I also know these behaviors stem from our culture, beset by declining maturity; the denigration of the family unit; the proliferation of social media, drugs and mental illness; and the spread of left-wing ideology, to name a few.
I am unbelievably blessed to have grown up with two married, loving parents who sheltered me from the consequences of these problems — but many of my peers lacked such protection.
Believers are called to hate what God hates — pride and selfishness chief among them. But we are also called to love our neighbor as ourselves and deal graciously with them.
This Christmas season, I’m praying God will save and guide my generation and grant me the supernatural strength to love them despite their misadventures.
Will you join me?
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