A few weeks ago, I thought it foolish that teenagers were running for governor in Kansas. Now, I’m not so sure.
Six teenage boys are running for governor of the state of Kansas. The would-be boy governors of Kansas. This was a funny concept for a while, and then it became absurd, and then a national tragedy happened and it became not funny but actually an emotion approaching tender, even aching.
The future belongs to them. It’s a cliche but it’s true. (That is also a cliche.)
We often look down on today’s young people, labelling them ‘millennials’ in derogatory tones. But their uprising, taking a stance, wanting to do what is right in the wake of yet another indiscriminate and brutal slaughter of young people at the Parkland high school, is perhaps naive, yes, but it’s brave, and it’s bold, and it gives me hope.