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Generation Gap

Nowadays the older and the younger genration complains of generation gap and breaking down of communications.But for this, who is to blame? We, the Younger Generation or the Older and the ‘Wiser’ generation.

There is a huge conflict between the elders and the younger ones on generation gap and both accuses each other for the communication break down and the wider ills due to this. But my bone of contention is that both the generation are getting used to the conflict rather than finding the reason for this.

The elders are always critical of the younger generation on a wide range of issues and the latter is often getting used to the mumbling and jumblings and of the older generation.

The generation gap, however, is a deeper malady than viewed superficially. There may be the following differences between the old and the young:

  • Of ideas on general conduct comprising dress, food habits etc.
  • Morality, marriage & career
  • Of tastes on art, music, literature, and in short total outlook.
  • Family unit breaking up and gradually losing the importance it once had. The central authority of the paternal figure becoming redundant.
  • Imposition of the self-righteous attitude of the older generation on the young.
  • Biological evolutionary difference
  • It is a general observation of the younger generation that the elders behave like a frog in the well. They are fully convinced about the ideas through which they have lived there lives.They ignore certain vital factors that are no longer valid in the case of the modernity. There always has been generation gap since the dawn of civilization. The young have always deviated from the older standards and it was well that they did or there wouldn’t have been any progress today.

    The Younger generation naturally differs in dress, food, habits etc as these were not available with the older generation. These changes are indicative of progress. Everything around us is changing. With Passage of time the society and the enviroment changes and then why should a generation should be asked to stagnate. Are we not taughr that stagnation leads to disaster?

    It will be generally agreed that most fathers want their offspring to adopt the same profession that they themselves followed without giving due weight to the aptitude of the offspring. This causes tension between the elders and the children. The younger generation is more intellectually evolved than the preceding one. But the ego of the older people does not permit them to accept this hard truth and they would always like to play the role of the destiny makers of the younger ones.

    The modern age has a wider field and many times more job opportunities are available to the really deserving candidates. Hence the youth have to become deserving and must walk on the untrodden path to face a cutthroat competition. It won’t be wise to check them in this advance in the right direction.

    People are fixated at the type of music the youth follows. The film songs, of one’s youth, is still appreciated and the later music is rarely appreciated. This also relates to art and literature. reading habits people also change. The Hobbies and tastes change with time to time and no one should bemoan this change. Tradition, Culture and Moral definations always change with time and anybody who bemoans it can become a subject of ridicule. I one persists with it, one widesn the genration gap and has no business to criticize the youth.

    The family unit is breaking up. The central authority is losing its power. Every member of the family earns or has to earn. One who earns won’t accept the authority of the other that is equal usually to that of the father. In olden days only the family head earned and the others lived on his income. Thus he held the baton of power. Now, he must surrender it to the young. If he doesn’t yield, there are bound to be conflicts and unrest in the family.

    The older generation had few opportunities to come into contact with the western world. The earth was a big planet. Travels were slow made with animal power. Automobiles were rare. The people were content with whatever environment they had. But now the world has shrunk. A global environment is developing. It is natural for the young to learn newer ways of this rising global culture encompassing every aspect of human life. They can’t afford to follow the retrograde suggestions of their elders.

    They have wider horizons to explore if they are to survive or lead a normal life from the existing standards of modern life. They must speak a language universal in its application and not be confined to their local language whatever it may be hence, the generation gap. They must eat Italian pizza, Chinese food or fast food and prefer coffee to the good old milk or lassi (yogurt). The leisurely ways of the old are gone. The younger generation must have speed, of motorbikes, cars, helicopters jet planes and rockets going into space. What can link them to the old bullock cart?

    At least a quarter century separates the older generation from the younger one. In most cases the gap is of over half a century. Naturally an imperceptible biological evolution takes place and the nature wants the survival of the fittest. The young generation can’t survive if it doesn’t change. No power on earth can prevent the natural gap owing to this evolution. Nature equips each succeeding generation with mechanism to survive the rigors of the new environment.

    But every coin has another side. The younger generation should guard themselves from the malaise this society have. Stress, depression and frustration are normal complaints by the younger generation. I this cut-throat compeitition and this rat race we must not forget about humanity. We must not forget to enjoy the fruit of our labour.

    We are the future of this human race and if we go astray, everything can fall apart. We should pay heed to the early warning about modern ills and saty away from them coz we are the moulders of our own future.They young should listen to the old but must take their own decisions with discretion and a balanced perspective. The coming generation will be better than each preceding one.