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Our ever-changing world

Our ever-changing world

Ashley Mwanza

The world we live in is hastily changing before our very own eyes yet many of us are blinded by the things around us that have been designed to do exactly that, and that has got to stop. The rapid social changes that have taken place in the world over the past 20 to 30 years have created a host of challenges and dilemmas for youths. The members of this younger generation are coming of age during a period of fundamental change in modern society.

Young people have an increasing presence and visibility globally: they are star athletes, technology wizards, entrepreneurs, advocates of peace, crusaders against child labour, pop idols, environmentalists, consumers, and leaders in their own right; in short, they are an economic, political and social force.

The youth of today are vulnerable targets and hostages to the consequences of the fast changing world, of virtual reality, of the decadence of morality, and the onset of spiritual decay. As technological advancements mushroom, the youth is exposed to greater challenges most of which uproot the solid foundation of values and virtues.

Could there be a deterrence to all of these and eventually transform the youth into formidable forces in nation building? Let alone a new world? Yes. Despite the difficulties and failures at the moment, despite the trials and frustrations of the present, I still believe that one day the youth of today will heed the challenge for a better world and transform themselves as oases of abundance and responsibility bringing this world to its most longed glory. I think that we have a very estranged juvenile populace at present because they are deprived of opportunities to prove themselves. Given the best opportunities and wholehearted support, I believe that the youth have the power to make it happen. In their hands, indeed, lies the future of this world.

We know that navigating successfully in our world that is changing so fast can be tricky. In fact, if we allow it to submerge us, change can feel extremely traumatic and utterly exasperating. If we’re smart, however, we’ve learned that although we can’t alter the fact of constant change, we can learn to manage our response to it. To survive in a world that is ever changing, we need a mindset that is adaptable to change. Some youth at the mention of change fret. But, changing our attitude about change is one of the best tools we can amass. We should look for opportunities in every change in our lives and our world. Rather than digging in our heels and resisting change, let us allow ourselves to flow with it and see where it takes us. After all its constant, so we cannot avoid it. “Our only security is our ability to change”, John Lilly.

The world has changed and I mourn some of those changes. It reminded me that we have lost something in our society. We have lost the ability to show and express respect for others and ourselves. There is a saying good fences make good neighbours. We have lost our fences. We have lost our boundaries. Without boundaries we have lost ourselves. Our society is just a worldwide reflection of this statement.
As time changes, people change and, more importantly, so does the youth. Their ways and attitudes have developed over the years. Some made a decision to change, but others kept their “tradition” going. In this fast-paced world, where every second counts and every decision he/she makes may put his/her life on the line, the child is rushed to become so many things. Decisions are harder to reach because he thinks there is no one else there to help him. As the old adage goes, each man for himself and God for us all. Time ticks and as it does the youth must keep running so that time doesn’t overtake them. They rush, makes hasty decisions and commits so many mistakes because of the constant pressure they are faced with pressure from parents, pressure from their peers, pressures from school.
The older generations need to help solve the problem. Each passing day as the transition continues it has eroded many doctrines once closely held in the world, and this dissolution can be liberating. In particular, it may change the belief that young people are passive recipients of social values, public services, economic goods, and political priorities. It may promote the understanding that, in mind, body and spirit, the youths form an immense asset to their countries and beyond in this time of rapid economic and social transformation.

25 October 2010   

 

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