What this circus conveys to the young like you both is a recurrent nightmare with me and several parents I know. Not just the teenagers, it is the tweenagers too who seem cynical and jaded and coarse. A spectrum of at the least three generations, raised on the code of convenience and an acquisition of skills to work the system. The omnipresent enamour of the power of power!
In the process of preparing you for this though, was I able to balance caution with confidence? Did I even out enough, a healthy faith in humanity with a realistic acceptance of human nature? Have you been able to retain your capacity for unbridled laughter despite some of the corrosive phenomena around?
I want to tell you that life is beautiful despite the environment that makes parents like me forewarn their children thus. I believe that there is an inherent sense of honour and decency in most regular people. There is every reason to be hopeful and upbeat and in love.