Letter to the Generation that's Going to Change Everything
Original title: Lettre à la génération qui va tout changer
Whatever possessed you to be 20 today?!?
The more you try to listen, the more you hear the gloomy chorus of those who are resigned to how things are and the mournful lament of powerlessness.
Climate catastrophe? Inescapable!
The end of biodiversity? Irremediable!
Financial globalization, relocations, and mushrooming inequality? Ineluctable!
The decline of democracy, erosion of human rights, and rise of hate speech and hate crime? Inevitable!
Everywhere you look, people keep telling you that that is just how it is, and there’s nothing anyone can do about it.
But that’s not true! The future is never written in advance, and you can change the course of things.
I have seen you at work, from Lille to Marseille via Reims, Corbeil-Essonnes, Villeurbanne and Clermont-Ferrand. I’ve seen you display the spontaneity and energy that is in such short supply among our political leaders.
Your irruption onto the political scene is going to be game-changing. You’re going to prove the fatalists and cynics wrong. Never underestimate your power. Use it, and you’ll see.