Youth: Public Enemy Number One…Part 2
I ended the first part of this subject with a question: What effects has the progression of treachery taught the youth of today?
I took a day to observe everything around me. I found so many connections between a mentality of “capitalist aggression” and the emotional disconnect we have when it comes to having empathy towards other people. You can see the abstract competition everywhere. Who has the biggest house, the most cars, the most expensive watch? While materialistic pissing matches like this can be fun, it explains the ever increasing lack of good will and disconnection between people. We, meaning the youth, have been brought up to be stimulated and almost aroused at the concept of accumulating wealth and all the things that go along with it. As complex as our minds are, it seems that some are not able to maintain a healthy balance between material wealth and the intangible family values. Personally, as much as my opinion can matter to anyone, I find it difficult to even keep empathy in the back of my mind when I am plagued by the burning desire to do anything and everything to possess wealth. I hope that I am not alone in feeling that way. It is apparent that there is more of an animosity in the younger generation. Whether it be the American greed that is cultivated inside of us that makes us not care for the well being of our peers or some other subliminal force, we are going downhill.
Growing up into the world today means being inundated with images of death, sheer terror, crime, rape, and American citizens committing ponzi schemes on none other than…fellow Americans. How can you build values when this is what our subconscious absorbs on a daily basis? How can we learn what is truly right and wrong with these examples to lead us? As much as the public thinks education is the answer to making a more empathetic and generous future, it is not. Inevitably, society is an idea of followers with an unknown leader that influences are every opinion and decision. This leader, whatever force that may be, leads by doing and we as a people follow what we are exposed to. My point is that after being exposed to the modern truths of human nature and the level of carnal terror we are capable of, the youth is at a terrible disadvantage. Almost like a child coming out of an abusive home of alcoholism and the like, the chances of falling into those same destructive habits and patterns are high.
Each and everyday will lead us into a brighter tomorrow if we can just see ourselves in others. We are all in each others’ shoes and we are all battling for the same outcome of death. We all want a pleasant ride there with all the experiences of wealth and good quality of life. We all can achieve that too but only if we learn that building others is building ourselves.