The Adult In the Room

The risk, when one puts oneself out there, is that the hyenas will laugh and say mean things. Stupid things intended to demean and undermine and cast doubt and distract. Their default reaction is the stuff of 5th grade playground antics somehow reconciled as “strategy.” 

Trump and Fox News and the rest had to attack Greta Thunberg. They had no choice. Even if she is a starry-eyed, pie-in-the-sky child for their purposes, they had to attack her, belittle her, make every attempt to dismiss her as “sick,” a teenager with Asperger Syndrome who’s just saying words someone else feeds her.

Trouble is, they may have picked on the wrong teenager. She’s bright, quick on her feet, and seems to see right through all the adult smokescreens. It’s like she’s heard it all and can’t be bothered with the lame excuses anymore.

I hope she’s as committed and principled as she seems. She’s a breath of fresh air, and hopefully impervious to the attempts at dismissing her as just another young idealist.

How tempting yet sad it is to have to look to a 16-year old, hoping that in the absence of any show of care and concern on the part of her elders, she can offer the world a glimpse of these things. It feels like false hope to dare think that Ms. Thunberg is different than other wunderkinds, a genuine prophet capable of awakening a sense of urgency and changing peoples’ attitudes.

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