epic theory of evolution notes that each generation of mankind
'needs to be' different from the one preceding it. In fact,
his theory states that every such 'GenNext' has to be better
than its predecessors in terms of survival, as only then can
mankind evolve. While science can aptly explain why youngsters
today are born different in terms of physical attributes,
it fails to explain the indifferent attitude that many of
them, if not most, sport through a large part of their lives.
With blatant acts of misuse, abuse and
waste spiralling globally, it would not be wrong to say that
this GenNext is perhaps the most 'different' from its predecessors,
in the fact that it has a shockingly high degree of indifference,
towards fellow men, other species and the environment.
However, we don't need Darwin to explain
this sad reality of our times, we only need introspect.
Irrespective of our good intentions and
well-meaning laws, personal, societal and systemic deficiencies
over the years have exposed today's GenNext to a highly volatile
cocktail of speed, violence and drama. The youth have been
so exposed to these elements that over the years they have
become disillusioned and as a result, has consciously or sub-consciously
chosen to become self-limited in thoughts and desires.
This attitude is the most apparent in the rich brat pack of
the country, whose wayward members often make tragic headlines
when they are arrested for serious offences such as drunken
driving and taking drugs. While no official figures exist,
we would not be very far off the mark when we estimate that
about 15 to 20 per cent of GenNext falls within this privileged
Living convoluted, fast lives; they are either disconnected
from their families or mollycoddled by them. In either case,
with an abundance of money and resources at their disposal,
they are independent and highly materialistic, becoming easy
prey for peer pressure, often undertaking dangerous and illegal
experiments only to be accepted or admired. For these youngsters
indifference is a sort of a defence mechanism, a state of
mind, where they can plead innocence by citing either ignorance
or arrogance. However, that is not the real problem.
What is more worrisome is that little,
if nothing, is being done to reach out to such misguided youth,
as in most cases these youngsters make ill-informed choices
because they are genuinely ignorant of what is happening around
them. But thankfully, for every such irresponsible and conceited
youngster, there are many more diligent and caring ones wanting
to make the world better.