If this does not disturb us, then what will?

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Nov 2018 10:55:39






THE issue of physical fitness of youngsters has always stirred the thinking minds. In current times, the larger society has not missed the point that most youngsters in their late teens and later do not believe in fitness as a matter of mental and physical discipline. Most of them are known not to get engaged in regular fitness regime, and thereby appear dull and sluggish despite their young age. Any effort to talk to these youngsters often draws a blank of near-blank since their response to any conversation on the issue is deadpan. And because of this undesirable reality, it is time the larger society gave the issue a deeper and more serious thought so that we can do something to help our youngsters acquire stronger bodies and minds.

Of course, to an extent, the atmosphere at home and in schools and colleges has a negative role to play in the youngsters’ lives. If the family does not have a regular and religious faith in fitness culture, then the youngsters grow disinterested in physical exercise or building mental toughness. And if the schools or colleges do not have three dimensional fitness culture -- physical, mental and spiritual -- then it is almost futile to expect the young generation to get engaged in exercise on a regular basis with a sense of mission and dedication.

This is the most critical issue in this regard.
It time for us to ask a few questions of ourselves:
Do we ourselves get engaged in a systematic fitness regime so that we can inspire our youngsters to walk in our
Do we insist upon a culture where health is of paramount importance at home?;
Do we have the fitness component in our schools as part of a seriously-managed programme of action?;
Do we insist upon our newly-married youngsters to make fitness regime as an integral part of their fresh chapter of life of togetherness?;
Do we follow a healthy diet plan at home to boost what we should call fitness culture?;
Do we ensure that no one in the family is a victim of this or that addiction?
The list of such questions can be endless. But the most important gain of asking these questions is to make everybody think about health as a prime consideration of life at all stages and ages.

However, if that thought is to be carried out all along life’s journey, then the beginning has to be made the moment the child enters teen-years. It is from that point on that our insistence on fitness culture will start bearing positive results.

Of course, there are some serious issues at least at the family level, and we need to sort those out at the earliest. These issues relate to unwillingness of elders to follow certain standards of fitness as a part of family-culture. If an elder in the family is a victim of an addiction, then he or she cannot insist upon the youngsters in the family to avoid getting addicted to something -- Gutkha, smoking, alcohol, mobile phones, undesirable websites on Internet, and, worse still, drugs ...!

It is this concern that has ragged many families in our society. Most unfortunately, the number of such families is on the rise as we all know. The most critical collective challenge before us, therefore, is to find an effective response to this decline of moral standards right in our own homes.
And if this does not disturb us, then what will?