What happened to me today is intriguing. I did an 11 minutes reflection on radio early in the morning on “The generation gap”. My emphasis was on the need for old people to give a chance to young people to exploit their talents.
At the same time, the young ones must show proof of responsibility. If they do not prove to be responsible, they may not have access to the opportunities they are due.
Family unity is becoming more and more difficult. It is the target of many threats. Some children and their parents live more like cats and dogs. Why is this so?
When a child is born, that brings great joy to the family. Many parents make enormous sacrifices to bring up their children.
A great many of these children become a blessing to their parents when the latter are in old age. This is so nice; the dream of every parent; and every good child. That is the beauty of family.
But not all are blessed with this joy, unfortunately. When some children attain a certain age, life changes in the family for the worse. They start to consider themselves superior to their parents. Some actually not only look down on their parents but also talk down on them.
What an embarrassment! They are no longer ready to listen to the “old people”. They want to do things their own way. And, in a lot of cases, a big crack develops between them and their parents.
This is rather sad. The word of God clearly defines what the relationship between parents and children should be. The fourth commandment clearly commands: “Respect your father and your mother, so that you may live long on the land that I am giving you.” (Exodus20:12)
In Ephesians 6:1, we are told, “Children, obey your parents in the lord, for that is right.”
This commandment calls for respect and obedience from children and condemns disrespect, unkindness and disobedience to ones parents.
Colossians, goes in the same direction to say, “Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord.”
Prov. 1:8-9: “Listen, my son, to your father’s instruction and do not forsake your mother’s teaching. They will be a garland to grace your head and a chain to adorn your neck.”
There is punishment for recalcitrant children.
“If one curses his father or his mother, his lamp will be put out in utter darkness.” (Prov 20:20)
On their part, parents should understand their children and help them to remain good children.
They are admonished: “And you fathers, do not provoke your children to anger, but rear them in the discipline and admonition of the Lord.” (Ephesians 6:4)
It is the duty of parents to”Train up the child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” (Prov. 22:6)
As far as the command of the Lord is concerned, they must “teach them diligently to your children.”
It is understood that there are bound to be differences between children and their parents.
We do acknowledge the generation gap. They belong to different generations. Millennials and Gen Zers will normally think and act in many ways differently from their baby boomers or Gen X parents, but family values are timeless and must never be compromised. The family is forever called to thrive on love, mutual care and harmony. We cannot allow the family to break down. If families break down, society breaks down.
The blame does not go to the children or parents alone when the family breaks apart. It is the responsibility of all family members to protect the family and ensure that love, unity and harmony prevail.
Parents and children are thus challenged to overcome their differences and keep family bonds alive and active.
“It is not uncommon for older people to knock their chests and eulogize the exploits of their younger days, which they nostalgically call ‘the good old days’, comparatively downgrading the brilliance of the present generation.
I couldn’t disagree more with this view. What this generation is doing is incomparable. I hold unequivocally that every new generation is, in many ways, better than the ones before it.”
While the young need the old,
The old need the young;
The one cannot go leaving the Other behind;
The equation has to balance
As that is how equations work;
The young complement the old;
And the old complement the
without the old,
There would be no young;
None can stand alone,
Else into a heap they go;
While the old are there
For the young;
Let the young be there for
So complementary their roles
Are meant to be.
Movie: Cybergeneration – the New-Topical-Song dedicated to the young future and the Spirit of Woodstock Festival in Mirapuri
Michel Montecrossa about ‘Cybergeneration’:
“‘Cybergeneration’ is a song and movie dedicated to the young future and the Spirit of Woodstock Festival in Mirapuri.
I performed the song ‘Cybergeneration’ together with my band at the Spirit of Woodstock Festival in Mirapuri, Italy, the greatest European Festival of the Free Music Revolution.”
To educate our children is our duty;
A responsibility that carries beauty;
No one can joke with sound education;
A source of motivation and inspiration;
Above all, it arms one with knowledge;
Which the wise do openly acknowledge;
Is the key to development and progress;
Without which one can only regress.
And who will like to go backward
Instead of taking strides forward?
Let us empower the next generation
With a very sound education
To solve the problems of their day,
As we are failing to solve ours today.
I deeply believe in this generation. I meet amazing young people everyday;
My faith in their ability to face the challenges of their time has not wavered.
I interact with young people a lot; and talk and listen to them. If you have time read these three interviews I did with three young minds who have all traveled extensively around the world, know what they want and are going for it. The first one had not traveled out of her country when we chatted but since then has traveled to many European countries.
This is an amazing generation This generation amazes me;
This generation is an awesome generation;
There is just nothing they cannot do;
Why did God make them so brilliant?
My generation is not so amazing;
This generation is a miracle generation;
This android generation can do things;
Where will they take the world to tomorrow?
They are equal to the challenges of their day.