In this difficult time, the theme of future generations is increasingly the subject of debate. Millennial, now in their twenties and thirties, are the first generation to fear a worse future than previous generations, yet the prevailing focus seems to be on “what to do” or “how to proceed” to address the problem. Remaining in the background instead is the fundamental question that should be addressed to understand what to do, namely, why and how have we reached this point? What is the problem? What lies ahead with this crisis where the solution seems to constantly slip out of hand?
The culture that has characterized this long period of history leads to a pragmatic attitude that in the face of problems, it is sufficient enough to think about what to do, without ever questioning the roots of the problem and as a result, proper solutions are never found because the so called culture we believe in is unable to respond to the problems society creates.
Young people and the elderly have become so estranged that a separate medium is required for the teenagers and the older generation to mingle and get a better understanding of each other.
“They could meet at play sessions, prepare meals together and take part in local history sessions in order to maintain and strengthen bonds, claim the children’s charity 4Children and Counsel and Care, which campaigns for older people.” It is said that a growing divide between younger people and senior citizens will undermine the social fabric. Relations between them are weak and are defined by fear, ignorance, misunderstanding and a lack of time spent together.
It is said to be believed that if the increasing distance between young and older people is not addressed on time and urgent action is not taken to reduce intergenerational prejudice and discrimination, it will create path for a new wave of social problems. Time pressures, different forms of family set-ups and the growing habit of people living far from where they were born for the situation is said to be the reason for such extreme situations. A divide between children and their grandparents seems to be opening up in front of us at huge speed because our fast-changing lifestyles are limiting traditional forms of social interaction between them,’ said Anne Longfield, chief executive of 4Children. ‘We need to intervene to bridge this gap.’
The media plays a huge role in the creation of our dysfunctional generation, filling pages of the perfect body, dieting tips filling the TV screens with media products. There are many other aspects of society that influence changes within the upcoming generations. As a generation, we are quick to judge. If someone doesn’t act according to a particular way, we have a tendency to judge them even though we rarely say our words and thoughts loud, we don’t fail to judge others. Society is not solely responsible for the behaviour of those who live in it.However,society and the people within it have created this judgmental generation and are to be blamed partly for the way we treat people who have caused us no harm whatsoever.