27% of the world's population is currently 15 years old and under, most of them living outside of the US. And doing things that we couldn't ever imagine the teenagers we know doing.
Things like farming to make a living or caring for numerous younger siblings because both of their parents have died or being kidnapped to fight in wars and rumors of wars or doing the unspeakable because a 200 year old family debt cannot be paid off. Doing whatever it takes to simply survive.
Instead, here in the Western world, we coddle our adolescents. We make excuses for them, we frame them in tiny stories, we believe the minimum about them. We don't think they have what it takes. We set a standard that is negative.
God, we need to be forgiven.