Right now there are thousands of 20-year-olds that are working hard in college. They are donating their time to help others. Charities benefit from their labor and passion. They work late at night to make sure they have the money to pay for their education. There are 20-year-olds on the front lines of battlefields across the world. They are flying multimillion dollar fighters and bombers and are rising in the military’s leadership ranks. They sail our warships and sit cold at night in foxholes protecting our country. Twenty-year-olds will someday lead our nation’s corporations and governments. Those young leaders are working hard in the trenches. They are preparing for medical school to become our next generation of doctors. They volunteer time in their faith. They are making a difference in their communities. Twenty-year olds are quietly changing this world for the better.
Of course we’re not talking about them this morning. We’re focused on a former child star who apparently lost her mind and her clothes on last night’s MTV VMAs. The name Miley rolls off our tongues as we stare at last night’s freak show. Like a brutal car wreck, we can’t help but slow down and stare.
I propose a toast to the other 20-year olds who are making a huge difference in the world. And I pray poor Miley Cyrus quits dancing seductively with demented teddy bears and seeks some help.