Surviving the World
A Photocomic Education by Dante Shepherd
Lesson #3483 - Children
My students are 10 years younger than me. I see how different they are, just in that decade difference, how the culture they grew up in was more diverse and supportive and queer and individually distinct, and whether they realize it or not, there is a baseline of confidence that they have been able to achieve because of that culture shift. And I am grateful they have that, because they will be better people because of it, and I hope they get every chance to be those better people because of it.
These teenagers are 20 years younger than me. I see how different they are, with the all the cultures they have been exposed to and take part in because of the differences in technologies and communities and societies that have existed for them. And they have a greater starting point of confidence and wisdom than we all had at that age, even with all that they have yet to grow, and they will be even better people because of it, and I hope they get every chance to be those better people because of it.
My children are 30 years younger than me. I have no idea what's in store for them. I have no idea what they will be or who they will be or how they will be. I'm sure they will be different. I don't see how they could possibly not be different. I hope they get every chance to be whatever they will be. I imagine they will probably be better people. I don't see why we shouldn't fight like hell to make sure they can be those people, and so can the teenagers, and so can my students, and so can everyone else.