Quite frankly, anybody in his right state of mind understands that the precious youths of today really face far greater, tempting and often daring challenges from day-to-day politically, religiously, morally, traditionally and socially than those of the immediate past generation or far yonder.
Considered well said, just what are some of these challenges and how can we best help the precious youths to cope?
Sometimes when one looks at the facilities, pleasure and freedom children enjoy in the name of "child right" in these modern times, he may be tempted or even fooled into believing or concluding that today’s youths are most blessed of any group of young people in history.
In developed and developing countries, medicine effectively controls many curable diseases that in past years deprived the youths of healthy and good life. Thankfully, today technology produces electronic tools, toys, calculators, cell phones, television, e-mails, computers, scannings and the likes that make life so easy and enjoyable that previous generations only dreamed of.
Better still; economic development has now lifted millions of families out of abject poverty, want, hunger, illiteracy, ignorance, communication and the likes. Today parents work even harder to provide their kids with good living condition good health care, good schooling, good meals and the best of life that they themselves lacked.
Without the least doubt, youths today enjoy many advantages. In the same vein, serious challenges too come with these.
As the wild fire of class system engulfs all and every human society and very embarrassingly puts more and more pressure on the home, on peer and even on the church, and drills a wedge between the "haves" and the "have-nots", so, too, on the poor precious youth. Every day life clearly portrays youths in all human classes as surrounded by others who grow with them either through school, church or community and maintaining the ties as adults.
The reality for most of them is unique and different too. Where you to keenly and carefully observe the herding and up-coming of some youths in your community with deep interest, you will or may be so surprised that very few youth consistently enjoy having the same best friends or rather a tiny group of best friends over the years.
Very careful observation has interestingly and even more tellingly shown just how most youths simply lack real connection and have rather very few close friends with whom they feel not only free but comfortable openly and freely discussing sensitive and personal issues or sharing ideas at all.
Another interesting or peculiar side of the coin of youths convincingly reveals that teen agers who make friends most likely have very little or no time to spend with them at all. Indications are youths of today at most youth spend but a very minute time of their time in one-on-one or face-to-face contact with friends but most of their time all alone - more time than they spend with either friends, at school or even with family. Consequently, rather than moving in or with group, rather than do things in common, they often eat all alone, sit all alone, and even entertain themselves all alone.
Knowingly or unknowingly encouraging this path of life into isolation is the growing proliferation s of distractive electronic devices. In developed countries and even developing, most youths whose parents can afford good and comfortable living, spend on average, several hours daily with their eyes and full attention glued to TV, and their ears plugged with ear phones or their hands hovering over video – game control or computer keyboard.
Of course, anybody in his right senses knows that this generation is not the first to spend hours enjoying music or even playing games. But – and it is a might big but too – the quantity of time now spend in electronic isolation rather than with family or friends is not only disturbing but frustrating and detrimental, to say the least. Politically too, they are at risk than generations before. So, too, religiously, culturally, traditionally, morally and socially.
The new political thinking is so selfish and so self-centered it leaves absolutely no room in the well meaning interest and modeling of the precious youths.
Politicians with overriding ambition for state power, rather than protecting the future of the precious youths by investing solid education in them, given the strong voting power of the youths, these politicians often fool them not only with money and "fake" promises but do all to impress them that the time is all theirs to now take the reins of state power and this strategy helps them to fool the youths to vote in those who pretend to have them at heart.
Consequently, today’s youths only see wisdom and pleasure to case the shadow of life rather than the substance, and in so doing, they abandon serious learning and sharpen their quest for political power, when they lack the needed education and leadership experience. And this creates a very serious national leadership problem. Hence we are trailing politically in many areas, given our reliance on the ill-prepared youths.
Every Tom, Dick and Harry too wants to be top most leaders even without the basic education and experience.
In public leadership, we climb the ladder from the bottom to the top step by step and not from the top to the bottom. Life, in general, grows from stage to stage.
Because of "child right" today, youths of today are so very arrogant, lazy and too disrespectful to parents. Not only that, they have absolutely neither love nor respect or the least interest in our cherished values as a people.
Rather than take time in life, girls who disrespectfully experiment too soon with sex are by far more likely to be depressed than those who do listen to advance and avoid it. So, too, boys who want be father too soon.
In an ideal home, children who attentively listen to parents’ instructions enjoy their parents providing consistent family values and loving and caring, guidance and training for them. Their parents won’t only talk to them, eat with them, and do many things in common. And not those parents are perfect but their parental love will never allow them to ill-train their own kids.
To Be Continue.