Dangerous drift toward moral decline of youths

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 16 Jul 2017 11:16:58


THIS is one subject that is going to come up for discussion again and again -- regarding the behaviour of youngsters, boys and girls in junior college or college in particular. It is common experience these days about the kind of ‘freedom’ boys and girls are seen enjoying even in public places. In recent times, the numbers of such youngsters are on the increase. On two-wheelers, in restaurants, in parks and gardens, in deserted places, at street corners, in stores and shops, in cinema halls ..., these youngsters are often seen indulging in behaviours that are least desirable from any point of view. On countless occasions, they cross limits of decency in public places and indulge in conducts that should invite action under this or that law. 

How does the society deal with this new nuisance? How do we exercise an appropriate check on such wayward conduct of youngsters?
Of course, let us not overstate things. Let us not say that all youngsters indulge in wayward behaviour. Yet, let us also not overlook the reality that increasing numbers of youngsters are taking increasing liberties and are risking to get into wrong lanes of life. They smoke, they drink alcohol, they see undesirable movies in the name of freedom, they engage themselves in behaviours that no decent society can accept. Of late, that is in the past few years, increasing numbers of youngsters are getting into the habit of drugs. Just a few days ago, newspapers flashed news items about an advisory the Government of Telangana issued to 27 colleges and 26 schools in Hyderabad to maintain a stricter vigil on their students who were found indulging in drugs in shocking numbers.


What does this indicate?
It indicates declining morality in the society.
Add to this yet another dimension and the dirty picture is complete: The growing habit among youngsters -- of spending money senselessly. A lot of young people start earning money as they pick up some jobs. It is ‘their’ own money, and they love spending it the way they wish. So, buying things thoughtlessly is a regular thing with them.
There is a girl in her early twenties working in an IT company. She has a decent salary, and is often seen gravitating to a shopping mall every now and then, and emerging from it with a few huge bulging bags packed with merchandise she has purchased. One day, believing that she must have put away a tidy sum in saving, her father asked her if he could help her with some investment. The girl said (as reported by the father), “But Dad, I have no money in the bank.” Aghast, the father asked, “What have you done with so much money?” The girl replied, “Of course, Dad, I spend all that every month!” Incredulously, the father asked, “But why? That is a lot of money! You have been working for the past 2 years! I am sure, you must have put aside at least a couple of lakhs!” The girl smiled rather dismissively and said, “Dad, that is my own money. I can spend it the way I wish. Why do you bother?”
The father rushed to a medical doctor friend of his with severe palpitation. Since that day about a year ago, the father has been under treatment for anxiety and depression accompanied by palpitation. He has not been able to come to terms with the reality that his daughter is so stupid as regards money.


Countless such stories are known to all of us -- of wayward behaviour of youngsters. On most occasions, we watch all this decline haplessly and helplessly, as if there is no solution, as if we have lost at least a generation of youngsters!
Of course, this is not raising a false alarm. This is also not what some pseudo-intellectuals would love calling moral policing. Much to the contrary, this is writhing in pain that we are allowing a good percentage of our youngsters go wayward.


Good percentage?
This is a bad term. For, even 0.1 per cent is “good” percentage! Dangerously “good”, means BAD!!!