Generation of Decadence
Whenever I hear a read "my generation... this generation... that generation..." my mind often try to classify everyone in that 'generation'. I suppose it is subjective and can be categorised however one wants to. Perhaps everyone born within a decade. or everyone in a particular age group or everyone born in the same century.
However the case, I want to use the term 'generation' today, albeit, loosely too. So please, permit me. I remember a time I came back for the holiday after my first year in the university and the first time I had the chance to visit the field in the local community, I had to seclude myself far from where most people were. This was mostly due to the fact that I had come back to meet a lot of those I left behind as smokers of not cigarettes but weed.
In my country, there is a stink eye most people give to those who smoke much more those who smoke weed. I remember as a kid those who smoked weed would do that in hidden unlike now where there seem to be nonchalance. No sense of remorse or concern about other peoples health. I have nothing against smokers, everyone has the right to lead their life however they want to. But, if you must endanger your health by smoking like a chimney, kindly do that without endangering the health of those around you too.
Smoking is not what led to this, but a scene I had watched unfold before me earlier today when I went to pick my cousin from her tutorial. The security man was asking one of the students to take one of the chair back to where it had been taking from and she vehemently refused based on the premises that:
She wasn't the one who brought the chair there in the first place;
and that she wasn't even comfortable when she used the chair.
I couldn't help but think about when I was in secondary school and if I ever had the gut to say NO to anyone who worked (academic or non-academic) in the school whenever they asked me to do anything. Much more make an argument as to why I wouldn't do it. *1 points for woke generation*.
Just the other day, there was an uproar in my country when a video of 10-13 year-old showing explicitly raunchy contents emerged on the internet. Surely the uproar was surely due to the fact that they're are barely even teenagers, yet, engaging in such is what many would find distasteful. Because I didn't think there would be much noise about it were they adults. The other day, news about a group of teenage boys who had murdered another teenage girl who was a girlfriend to one of the boys was also on the internet. I remember asking myself if I had the gut to slit a chicken's throat at that age much more behead a fellow human.
I remember people of the older generation will look at us (the younger generation) and weep. Now, my generation looks at the newer generation and weep too. Surely it goes from generation to generation. Though, one might say it keeps going from bad to worse. I would look at the older generation and see corrupt politicians to say the least. My generation is filled with impatient people with no principles and discipline. The younger generation I still do not know which adjectives will best qualify them.
The path to changing the direction of the curve I believe and would always stay starts form the basics - family. Parents have to do better and inculcate in their kids better morals, values and teach them the art of discipline. I know that society has made parenting difficult, unlike before when society helps instill value. I remember a time an older neighbour can reprimand a child if they did wrong but that is not the case now, older neighbour or not, you can't talk to my child, that is my job to do, even though I am barely at home doing the job.
I am not a perfect human, but there are many thins people do these days that I wouldn't even consider doing. I guess everyone has their work cut out for them.
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