Thursday, 19 February 2009

Ajith Daniel spoke on the topic "Do you think that the young have anything to learn from the elderly and vice versa?"

"We just wouldn't listen" was how a 17 year old British girl albeit a pessimist had to sum up her angst on modern youth. We've progressed to a "I can do anything" situation, having crossed the colossal wall of ignorance, with resilience, indomitable spirit and an insatiable thirst for knowledge. The future seems to be one of prosperity, advancement, riches etc, while on the ethical front, morals are declining with its impact on society in the form of crimes etc. Attitudes of the younger generation have changed phenomenally - they've become arrogant, greedy, ambitious to the core etc.

Youth is associated with beauty, innocence, energy, idealism etc, while old age is associated with fatigue, conservatism, ill-health, fulfilment, contentment etc. A wide gap exists between the world of the young and that of the old - the old are pushed to the sides of society, their advice being anachronistic.

Even though there's a knowledge explosion, and we get vast information at the click of a button, yet, we lack the criteria called experience.

"Experience is a comb which nature gives us when we are bald" When it comes to doctors, we prefer an experienced doc to an apprentice -

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