Few days back i was participating in a TV talk show – the topic was ‘ whether youngsters in India respect elder’s advice or not?’
here are some of my views …
who is an elder and who is younger?
can we just judge by age ? is it right?
if so are we then contradicting Indian history and philosophies which have always been focusing on the point that age doesn’t makes one younger or elder. On the other hand experience makes a person mature.
Our nation never hesitated in accepting youngsters views – we had leaders like Shivaji and Bhagath Singh,Viveknanda on one hand and mahathma gandhi, Patel,Netaji on the other.
Generation gap was not happening in India then, why now?
I feel the best aspect of our Indian culture is the repeated idea that’s been emphasized on one single point and that is … ” Don’t judge ”
who are we to judge others? let’s live and try to understand ourselves first.
and the other important issue ‘ letting go of ego’
but today our society especially crowded with people who boast themselves as ” culture protectors of India” are too judgmental on everything …
we are so worried about women’s dress code and youngsters not touching the feet of elders as a mark of respect … but we are totally not concerned about really bigger issues that’s not only affecting the next generation but the elders as well .
What are we providing for the gen next? a polluted,corrupted,valueless society? and in turn demanding respect from younger people ?
how is this logically correct?
politicians watch pornographic clips in parliament
youngsters are beaten up when they go to pubs !
Respect doesn’t comes by demand it comes from your acts – that’s how i feel.
many parents feel that in today’s world kids don’t listen to elder’s views,
point is listening doesn’t matters doing matters and following matters
the problem lies on both side elders fail to understand youngsters and like wise kids too are indifferent towards elders.
for any relationship to thrive there must be love,trust and maturity, this applies to parents and kids too.
Thought this incident is a specific one and it cannot be generalized and we cannot draw any generalized conclusion from this brutal act.
Yet few question does arises
few blame the teacher’s strictness and today’s stress full education system
few blame the kids -they are violent and inhuman
few blame the parents
but what can we achieve by blame game?
this act is a crime no doubt about it
but the killer being a school kid and the victim a school teacher is what all that matters
the simplest straight forward reason is ‘lack of values’ – not only among kids is a fact that must be understood here, for crime rate in India is alarmingly high
there is no blaming here, the kid has lost his values – responsibility for this act is on society – we can’t pinpoint one single person for this.
this is just an example ,
our education teaches getting 100% marks
kids learn the value of money
kids learn how important quotas are
so amid all these humanity and self respect often gets missed
kids are young people with their own mind and individuality we must realize this , so forcing our views on them won’t help much.
What happens when we forcefully change a new generation’s thought?
Hitler when he gained administrative powers in Germany, closed all the youth clubs and turned them into his brainwash camps for young people.. the result was the Nazi army!
While in India we had real leaders like Gandhi ji, Bhagath Singh and Vivekananda who turned youths to positive human power. So it all depends on what we believe and do
sharing our experiences would be of much help to the next generation rather than boring them with advice.
you change … the world will change, this applies to elders and youngsters too.