If the world doesn’t end in 2012 – as predicted- the next generation will have amazing parents. The current youth. Parents who will be beyond tribal and ethnic margins. Parents who have experienced modern evolution and technological advancements. Parents who witnessed the Arab revolution live. Parent with tattoos and numerous body piercing. Parents who know what it is like to be young mothers. Parents who understand that decency is more than a three piece suit and a tie.
But are we on the right path for coming generation to emulate our ways? Will we be a good example for them to go by?
We have big dreams and bigger expectations. But we are not willing to wait for our dreams and plans to materialize. We are not willing to take a stair at a time. We want to get to the top by any means. We want to get to the top even if it means stepping on colleagues. We want to get to the top even if it means ‘sleeping’ our way there. Our desperations to immediately get what we want mostly -if not always- comes at a costly price at times as costly as our lives.
Our urge to be socially correct consumes as wholly. We move like one mighty being. Trends and fashion statements dictate to most of us what to do, where to go and what to wear. Those who are not with us are locked out. We do not let them protect their uniqueness and creativity. The urge to be socially correct and move with trends, at times leads some to engage in crime or what order generation call ‘immorality’. We push ourselves to fit in and adjust. We break is the process. At times we embarrass is ourselves in the process.
We figure you only live once (YOLO). Probably that’s why at times we over indulge. Promiscuous sex, substance abuse, alcoholism and compulsive shopping are the stories of our lives. We over experiment, we self destruct. We live fast and die young. While having fun we have no limits. While having fun we are rarely in control of anything, not even the steering wheel. We do not care to preserve our names for future titles. We have privileges without responsibility.
We are learned and informed, we dislike blue collar jobs; we despise those who engage in them. We do not respect them or their work. We see ourselves better than them even though we are jobless. We see ourselves better and even though we need their services.
The youth are informed, educated and intelligent (most). We are not awed by inventions but rather we seek to understand them. We go around complexities to understand concepts and facts. Probably that’s what gives us a sense of entitlement. Entitled to what we think is rightfully ours and even what’s not. We believe that we deserving , that we have a right to claim what we think we should. We feel entitled to faster Internet even when are not paying for it. We feel entitled to our folk’s property and support. We are entitled to well paying jobs with large allowances. We feel entitled to our lifestyles no matter how destructive they are. If something, is not as we want,we get angry. Entitlement issues are messing us up; making us miserable.
Despite our education and intelligence, our priorities are upside down. We make poor choices and decisions over and over -in spending. We get loans to pay for luxury vehicles instead of housing. Not even rain and bombs scares deters us from swinging from bar to bar anxious to poor salaries down our throats rapidly with as much as laughter and shouting as possible. Come morning we can not wait to compare stories on who spent how much. We show off our extravagance and wastefulness. Sadly we consider it heroism and being on point.
Most of us are not conservative. We are not out to preserve existing environmental conditions or any other conditions. Ensuring continuity is beyond us. Personal self interest leads our way. We are not interested in preserving the world for coming generations.
Self interest rarely allow us to focus on making a difference in the world. We are not out to leave a mark. We do not care to make the world a better place because we lived. We are uninspired to leave behind anything that will keep humanity going. We also leave a lot to chance; we are not bothered to know the outcomes and conclusion.
Without realizing, our actions and inactions determine the welfare and wellbeing of coming generations. By saving ourselves, we save them too, we give them a better chance. We make the ground, they will stand on firmer and safer.
Soundtrack: Simple Plan – When Am Gone