I know you’re still young, and can’t remember a world that wasn’t like the one that we have today. That’s entirely the fault of human beings, and I’m really sorry for what you’re missing out on. I hope someday you grow up to make the kind of differences that we adults have failed to make for you.
Once upon a time, we could breathe the air without a filter.
Once upon a time, the sun was so bright that you couldn’t look directly at it.
Once upon a time, you got to see the full face of everyone you encountered, and that made it a lot easier to know how they were feeling.
Once upon a time, there were things called concerts.
Once upon a time, you could see the stars.
Once upon a time, kids your age enjoyed riding bikes and playing little league.
Once upon a time, you could travel to other countries.
Once upon a time, people could hug one another.
Once upon a time, people actually went outside on purpose, for pleasure. (You’d have loved camping.)
Once upon a time, there was a thing called democracy.
Once upon a time, the rivers weren’t choked with algae.
Once upon a time, we didn’t fight over water.
Once upon a time, people got together in large groups for school and just for fun.
Once upon a time, the world was a lot more populated, and maybe that’s where everything started going wrong.
I’m so sorry. We have no excuse for what we’ve done. I wish you had had the chance to know the world the way I remember it. You deserve so much better.
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