It does seem true, when you find so many school children involved in bringing weapons to school, and other youth who do not mind taking to alcohol, drugs and even doing anti-social things on a dare. More and more youngsters are being caught as first time offenders in chain snatching and mobile thefts. There seems to be other reasons too for such behavior. The taste of good life that would be snatched away with the loss of job during recession, or watching their peers enjoying life which they yearn for, could all have added to the loss of moral fibre.
Parents are also caught up in the rat race, trying to make two ends meet. Or there is so much cash lying around, and no supervision. All unaccounted wealth, which has to be spent without account. So kids keep trying out new things, because they soon tire of old games. Their state of instant gratification keeps getting shorter.
I also overheard someone say that in the rural areas, the women folk have become empowered. They have fought a long battle in getting their husbands to give up alcohol. They have been successful and they are equally involed in other measures to improve their lifestyle. The menfolk too have turned over a new leaf, and are employed in productive labor.
This leaves the younger generation with no means of spending their time fruitfully. The parents are not at home, so these younger generation has taken to alcohol in a big way. This is a shocking discovery, and the society is reeling under this.
This brings me to the crux of the problem. Why is the moral fibre under threat? Who is responsible? The moral fibre seemed fine just a generation away. So what lessons are we giving our youth? Who is pushing them to experiment and play with fire? Why this sense of doing anything for a dare? Are they not aware of the consequences, how their lives can be cut short?
This dare thing has been there from generations ago. But it seems to have become norm now. More and more youngsters are willing to blur the line between right and wrong. They keep inventing newer and newer games to thrill in. Apparently the new game is to rag a bride or groom on their wedding day. Some of the youngsters do not draw the line at ragging.
In the name of ragging, they indulge in indecent behavior. They do not seem to realize or care the marriage could end in a split. It is just like ragging in colleges. Here too the raggers say it is their way of welcoming the new comers. And things do go out of hand. Similarly, in the marriage ragging, pictures of compromising poses are revealed and things are carried a bit too far. In name of friendship, moral behavior takes a beating.
Does it all boil down to inappropriate parenting? Or nil parenting, that is the parents are not on the scene to guide, reprimand and also offer support? Can this trend be reversed, can the youth be motivated to engage in productive pursuits? Having fun is fine, but stretching morality and indulging in behavior that can affect someone’s future should be condemned. Moral values are taught from childhood, from home. Here parents need to be extra vigilant and not shirk their responsibility. Otherwise in future they may end up regretting their incapability.