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The Trepidation of a New Generation

Updated on June 20, 2012
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The Trepidation of a New Generation

By Tony DeLorger © 2012


How callous the world, when satire becomes more real than reality, each moment of laughter a bare-faced denial of how mislead and insensitive we have become. Images of pain and suffering no longer affect us because they are commonplace, and in recoil we think only to protect ourselves against what life now involves.

It is sad to think how we segregate ourselves, from society, our neighbours and even our family in an attempt to hold back an ever-increasing world of hurt. Trust has long been replaced by a hard shell of protection and in dealing with that we have become racist, judgmental and superficial in all our endeavours. It sounds extreme, but when young children spend their time sitting in front of a television screen killing and maiming in cyberspace, one has to question what we have created.

Children are growing up in a face-paced, techno-world of competition and stress, all of which drives success through the acquisition of wealth and power. Children do not grow up to be kind and loving but rather to be savvy and contentious, always plying their minds to being better than someone else, earning more money or driving a better car. Have you noticed children as they grow up become one of two people: one a societal drone, willing to do anything to succeed and reach the top of the hill, and two, buckle under the weight of societal demands and pressure, becoming depressed, unable to function and feeling useless in the wake of what is expected of them.

This new generation is a microcosm of extremity, lost in a very real way and with parents lost too, trying to maintain their hold on life, is it any wonder that our kids can feel isolated and marginalised. So where has it all gone wrong? As technology increases, so does our level of comfort and expectations of an easy life, giving us a feeling of being deserved. This as it turns out is enough for us to be willing to do anything to maintain it, including working long hours, living under enormous stress and by priority, lessening our real involvement with those most important to us, our family. Indeed, we are lost in a dream, one that in the end is without reward.

The breakdown of the family unit is responsible for most of the woes in society, that and the fact that wealth has become the priority of modern day living. With such narrow-minded vision, is it any wonder the world is slowly and surely falling apart?

Reminding ourselves what is important is the only thing that can save us from our worst fears, and where that starts is with our attention to family and children growing up with a balanced view of the world. If left to their own devices, children take on what they see on the news and in the streets and so easily become lost in the enormity of the human condition.

Surely love and nurture can only lead to children growing up with honest values and a positive perspective. We all need to earn an income to survive in life, but sacrificing our children's future by choosing material priorities is in the end destructive and irresponsible.


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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Appreciate your viewpoint and comment, Dr Billy. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Do drop by again.

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      Dr Billy Kidd 6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      TV programs provide the modern role models, not parents, at least in probably half the household. But that's not the biggest issue:

      We cannot handle sudden success. Big winnings make a person go crazy and think he or she is infallable. So they bet everything on themselves and bring down whole countries. That's what the Bush boys did. They bet they could con the U.S. into fighting Iraq and then get the oil for their friends.

      This happens because there is no innate physiological system to handle sudden success, so people without an ethical background flip out when they win something. But for people 50,000 years ago, daily survival was a success. And we almost got wiped out. That's why we're programmed to get along when we're poor. There was no such thing as wealth. Poor people shared in order for the group to survive.

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      Tony DeLorger 6 years ago from Adelaide, South Australia

      Glad you do Suzette. Change can only happen from the very core of society and that's the family.

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      Suzette Walker 6 years ago from Taos, NM

      Bravo! Well done and well written. I couldn't agree with you more.

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