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They don't want to destroy you


A man 28A explains to the woman in 28B how technology has created a power shift in parent-child relationships. His son stares out the tiny airplane window lost in his beats and oblivious to the conversation happening next to him. The man explains, “It’s incredible, like, they’re fluent in a language that you never taught them. They know so much more than us. I just asked him for help with this confusing app on my phone, and he navigated it with such ease.”


“I just looked at him and thought ‘Wow, you could destroy me.’ But ya know,” he reassured himself aloud, “they don’t want to destroy you.” 


Our instinctive reaction to sharing power is that our best interest is at stake. Like this man adjusting to living in a Gen-Z world, can we figure out how to share power without feeling threatened? 


It’s a familiar theme from 2020 conversations: “No one is trying to steal your pie, Aunt Linda! People are just trying to have a slice since you don’t need the whole pie. Last time you ate the whole pie you felt like a tachycardic dumpster fire.” 


No one wishes destruction on anyone else,  just to have the slice that should have been theirs all along. Can our grandpa’s world adjust to POC and historically disenfranchised people advocating for more of the pie without feeling like their world is on the brink of destruction? Can we allow it? Can we support it? Can we all join it?

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Don't Want to Destroy You

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