An Open Letter to Open Letters

Dear Open Letter Writers,

Stop, please. I get it: you’ve seen some sort of cultural trend or event that you find troublesome or dangerous or immoral and you just feel the need to explain The Truth to them. Trust me, I’ve been there. I’ve even been tempted to write an open letter myself. But please. Stop. Believe it or not you’re not the be all and end all of human knowledge. You’ve passed a milestone and now you’re in your 20’s or 30’s or 40’s or are a parent or have graduated from college and feel like you just have so much wisdom and you just can’t help but to tell it like its. But. You’re wrong. Or maybe you’re not wrong- maybe you’re even right. But maybe not everyone needs to adhere to your version of right. Or maybe your experiences are your experiences and someone else’s are someone else’s and you’re not in a position to judge and you’re certainly not in a position to lay out the ways of the world to someone just shy of your own experience. I’m not asking you to stop trying to help or to stop giving advice, but please, please stop doing it in this blanket statement holier-than-thou sort of way.

If you refrain, I promise: so will I. Starting now.

Condescendingly,

Me

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