But while we may be leaving you with an economy with fewer job opportunities for the new graduate to slip into, and while traditional paths may be harder to find, that also means that you may learn sooner than most generations the hard lesson that you must always make the path for yourself. … Because the true secret is that your life will not be defined by the society that we have left you. … So if you must find your own path, and we have left you no easy path, then decide now to choose the hard path that leads to the life and the world that you want. And don’t worry if we don’t approve of your choices. In our benign self-absorption, I believe we have given you a gift. A particular form of independence because you do not owe the previous generation anything. Thanks to us, you owe it to the Chinese.