“We do not inherit earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.”
Red Indian (Native American) Proverb
We have many stages of growth in life, but nothing beats the season of adolescence. Like flora in spring, life at this age blooms fully. This is an age of activity, boldness, cheerfulness, dreams, dare, expectations, learning, surprises and so much more. This adorable span of growing up shines in all creations, whether flora or fauna. The direction of today’s youth sets the future of tomorrow’s world.
What we sow today is what we will reap tomorrow. Since most of today’s population has come far from sowing and reaping, i.e. farming, it has also shed most of the principles of the agrarian era. People in the Information Age have discovered the reality behind the superstitions, myths and taboos that they had been taught for ages. Hence, they now question authority in all areas of life, including their own beliefs and religions. This leads them to follow the secular laws created by different states. What seems to be missing is self-policing.
Religions were the main motivation behind self-policing. Religion was also a force driving agrarian societies. As a result, there was a certain spirituality among the people of that era. In industrial societies, people became busier and religious practices were curtailed and shortened, thus shrinking spirituality. The Information Age and the post-industrial world further decreased the role of religion in our lives. As the chains of self-policing became loose, it led to poorer self-control.
Now, free from the chains and boundaries of self-discipline, youth sometimes seek refuge in positive activities like fashion, music arts, etc. On the other hand, some also get involved in tobacco and drugs, bullying and violence, hero worship, selfishness, etc. Family life is also in a constant state of decay. More homes are breaking up every day, so is the disintegrating social fabric in our societies. There are so many other elements at work to dismantle the castle of humanity in the absence of belief and spirituality. There is no doubt that scientific advancement has contributed tremendously to our well-being, but the lack of spirituality is creating a bigger hole. We may not see it clearly today, but in the coming decades it will be visible enough.
“The intelligent desire self control; children want candy.”
We either need to find newer sources of spirituality or we need to restore the old ones. In short, without self-policing and self-control, CCTV cameras alone cannot be effective enough.
“Unless a powerful spiritual movement sweeps the world, psychological instability will become the norm.”
Golfer, Blogger, Entrepreneur, Author, Poet, Wanderer, Photographer, Rebel.
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