A letter to the desperate youth

To whom it may apply:

Image taken from page 221 of 'Letters from Rome to Friends in England'
image courtesy of The British Library

You are not the lost generation you’ve been told you are. The cause is not lost and you are not free to dismiss the future as non-existent or futile. That is the domain of the old, to look into the face of thier own mortality and see the end of all humanity. Ignorant ego dictates it.

No, your place is to be the energetic voice of optimism. You are to see what is before you and use it well. Make the changes that you resent your elders for not doing. I dare you to be the infectious hope for the future that humanity has always needed.

You’ll be old soon enough. Then you can choose for yourself…optimism or death before you are dead.

Thank you for your time,

J.L. Munn

P.S. Old is not an age. You are old only when you give up hope of the future.  So get out there and be “young”.

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