When Young People Teach Adults How to Be Grown Up

For decades, massacres from gun violence has been killing Americans of all ages, ethnicities, and backgrounds throughout America. Despite so many gun-related deaths, so-called adults in Congress mostly twiddle their thumbs and do nothing. Sadly, the idea of adults doing nothing is nothing new.

During World War Two, Hitler invaded Denmark and gave the King of Denmark an ultimatum. Either surrender peacefully or risk attack. To save his people, the King of Denmark chose to surrender peacefully to the Germans and allow them to take over Denmark. Under orders from the Danish king, the Danish military laid down their arms and refused to fight.

Appalled at the lack of a backbone to stand up to the Nazi aggressors, a group of boys, aged 12 to 19, refused to allow the indignity of foreign troops taking over their country. These boys formed a resistance group called the Churchill Club, named after Winston Churchill, England’s prime minister, who refused to surrender to Adolf Hitler.

The boys of the Churchill Club sabotaged Nazi trucks, stole weapons, and even lit a train on fire containing German airplane parts. Although all the boys were caught, their actions stirred the adults of Denmark into action, who quickly formed their own resistance groups to fight back against the Nazis.

What’s sad is that it took teenage boys to help Denmark finally decide to fight back against the Nazi invaders. Until then, the Danish police, military, and politicians were content to do absolutely nothing. Given a choice between doing what’s right and being humbled into submission, it’s astonishing how many so-called adults will accept submission instead of fighting for what they want.

Throughout history, young people have been at the heart of change. During the Vietnam War protests, it wasn’t the parents losing their sons to the war who protested, but the young people being drafted to fight in the unpopular war.

During the recent Parkland school shooting, it wasn’t the politicians who said gun violence in our schools is unacceptable. It was the students themselves who finally stood up to protest. Meanwhile, politicians on both sides simply twiddled their thumbs and did nothing.

If you want life to change for the better, the lesson from history is to never expect such change to come from adults. Instead, look to the young for hope. While many of the young will eventually turn into grumpy, conservative, spineless adults like their parents, a handful of young people will continue fighting for what’s right.

In the book “The Boys Who Challenged Hitler,” you can read about how teenagers stood up to Adolf Hitler and Nazi Germany. If teenage boys can do that while adults do nothing, think of what today’s teenagers can do while American adults do nothing.

Never expect adults to do anything that’s right because it’s too often easier for adults to do what’s convenient, which shows their lack of principle and morality. Always look to the young to make changes in life because far too many adults have lost their will to care for anyone other than themselves.

If you feel alienated and lost as a young person, chances are good it’s because the adults around you aren’t standing up for what’s right. By reading a book like “The Boys Who Challenged Hitler,” you can be inspired to stand up for yourself and for what’s right, which is something far too many adults in your life will never be willing to do.