The Rise Of The Special Generation!
Asia is touted as the next big opportunity. It has 4 billion inhabitants – 60% of the world; China amp; India combined alone have 2. 5 billion, about 40% of the world’s total! With these numbers amp; with their growth in their GDP, 21st century is supposed to belong to them! The world has great expectations from them.
Though the benefits of growth have not reached many, the general trend is clear; the hunger of their people to get ahead. China’s strict enforcement of one-child policy already has shown its results. India is also on the way to have less number of children, at least in the cities.
The bottom line is; each child is special! Parents amp; other family members, dot on the precious ones amp; some make them, their alter-egos! No sacrifice is enough to get them the best in everything, from schooling to the latest gadgets! They are on a conveyor-belt of progress to get them to a life of assured success. The all-out assault to get ahead of others has become an unquestioned obsession!
Though the parents have the best intentions; the effects on the children, especially those that do not have the aptitude for subjects of study thrust on them, are making them square pegs in round-holes. The old value-systems are in the back-burner as they are treated as stumbling-blocks amp; no more practical in the pursuit of progress based on material possessions where, the more the merrier, is the order of the day!
There are big changes in the family-values amp; mental make-up of the younger generation who seem to know the cost of everything but alas, the value of nothing! Obviously, they are victims of circumstances, as they are pampered amp; made to feel special. Any contrary views are ignored as old-fashioned amp; applicable only to the losers.
The older generation had seen great hard-ships, fighting for survival each day with multiple children amp; generations to look after. They had to sacrifice even on the very basics for survival but carried on stoically. Those memories are far left behind, with the younger ones fighting to keep pace with the rest of the world in education, gadgets amp; what not! Paper qualifications matter amp; assure most, independence at a young age.
While one should not re-invent poverty to learn the basic lessons of survival, what could be the result if the tide turns by certain events like a natural calamity? Can the resilience of the old be expected from the young? It is a tough call to regress! Also, where will the world find the resources to feed the increasing demands of those who have no qualms in their belief – the more, the merrier!
The hope should lie on the adage that has held true from time immemorial – necessity is the mother of invention! But no harm in re-learning the basics of life – Live amp; let live based on a life of moderation for the good of all! Tough call, indeed!! There are several gadgets that are quite poplar in Asian countries that you can learn about as you go on tldevtech.com.