“The key issue in terms of a demographic dividend is whether this growing youth bulge has the right skills for the workforce,”
Interestingly my close friend and neighbor Mr. K. Krishnakumar, wanted me to write in my blog on 31st of July this year as I complete three fourths of my centenarian life and enter my 76th year on the “youth of this age” and the” youth of my times” as youth.
As rightly said “man is born free but ever in chains”- chain of rope, iron, silver or gold (!!!!???); anyhow Chain is a chain and it makes no difference!
In the life of a human being one enjoys a life –long or short – left to the will of God! New born-child- teen/adolescent, youth, education, play, sports, middle aged, employment, matured age, old age, retired life, ultimate death-different stages and events of a man on earth. How long we live is not that matters but how well we live to the good and benefit of the society is all that matters.
At every stage, consciously or unconsciously one can make positive contribution to and impact on one’s contemporary society.
It is in the nature of things that life style, conduct, character, behavior, principles, policies, outlook, attitude and so on undergo sea of changes from age to age. How our forefathers lived and how we do today may not be or cannot be strictly compared and contrasted.
Swami Vivekananda, the great Indian monk had immense faith in youth power and he says:
“Appreciation or no appreciation, I am born to organize these young men; nay, hundreds more in every city are ready to join me; and I want to send them rolling like irresistible waves over India, bringing comfort, morality, religion, education to the doors of the meanest and the most downtrodden. And this I will do or die.”
He further exhorts:
I want young men. “It is the young, the strong, and healthy, of sharp intellect that will reach the Lord”, say the Vedas. This is the time to decide your future — while you possess the energy of youth, not when you are worn out and jaded, but in the freshness and vigor of youth. Work — this is the time; for the freshest, the untouched and unsmelled flowers alone are to be laid at the feet of the Lord, and such He receives. Rouse yourselves, therefore, or life is short. There are greater works to be done than aspiring to become lawyers and picking quarrels and such things. A far greater work is this sacrifice of yourselves for the benefit of your race, for the welfare of humanity. What is in this life? You are Hindus, and there is the instinctive belief in you that life is eternal. Sometimes I have young men come and talk to me about atheism; I do not believe a Hindu can become an atheist. He may read European books, and persuade himself he is a materialist, but it is only for a time. It is not in your blood. You cannot believe what is not in your constitution; it would be a hopeless task for you. Do not attempt that sort of thing. I once attempted it when I was a boy, but it could not be. Life is short, but the soul is immortal and eternal, and one thing being certain, death, let us therefore take up a great ideal and give up our whole life to it. Let this be our determination, and may He, the Lord, who “comes again and again for the salvation of His own people”, to quote from our scriptures — may the great Krishna bless us and lead us all to the fulfillment of our aims!If I can get some young men of heart and energy, I shall revolutionize the whole country.
This is quite relevant even today.
Let us make the youth arise awake, stop not till the goal is reached- because the present age youth are capable of!
I recollect one or two quotations of the old celebrities when they look back on their youthful days!~
“When I look back, I am so impressed again with the life-giving power of literature. If I were a young person today, trying to gain a sense of myself in the world, I would do that again by reading, just as I did when I was young.”
― Maya Angelou
“Remember, you cannot be both young and wise. Young people who pretend to be wise to the ways of the world are mostly just cynics. Cynicism masquerades as wisdom, but it is the farthest thing from it. Because cynics don’t learn anything. Because cynicism is a self-imposed blindness, a rejection of the world because we are afraid it will hurt us or disappoint us. Cynics always say no. But saying “yes” begins things. Saying “yes” is how things grow. Saying “yes” leads to knowledge. “Yes” is for young people. So for as long as you have the strength to, say “yes’.”
― Stephen Colbert
Yes; that shows the importance of this stage in a man’s life. But one cannot be youthful physically all through one’s long life of say seventy or eighty years; but one can remain youthful mentally and in spirits physical age not withstanding!!!
According to one definition youth is the stage between CHILDHOOD AND ADULT age, which again is defined as 12 to 24 years of age.
To look back 50 years and to look at the youth of this age, there is everything to be happy about and proud of; the present day youth are much more intelligent, knowledgeable, wise and dynamic.
Thanks to the better living conditions provided by their parents, they get all they desire, comfortable living, convenient transportation facilities, educational facilities, games and sports facilities than my days of youth –half a century ago.
But the elders are worried – I am not excluded- at the falling moral and ethical standards in our wards.
To a great extent it can be attributed to the general fall in the standard of the society. I as a parent fail to act as a role model for my wards, teachers as teachers fail to be a role model for their students, Managers as Managers fail to be role model for the managed.
Practice is always better than preaching; there is no dearth of preaching in the society but there is an abysmal low in the manner of practices.
No preaching on the efficacy of morning walk will make my boy have his morning walk unless I go for morning walk and show in practice.
No preaching by the teachers against smoking-smoking is injurious to health- will have any impact on the students if the teachers themselves smoke.
No preaching on greatness of punctuality by a Manager will work with his staff if the Manager is not punctual in his duties.
No preaching “LOVE ALL , SERVE ALL”, or “HELP EVER, HURT NEVER” will ever work with others, if the preacher knows no serving all or loving all, and is never helping and ever hurting!
The moral of the story is ‘there is no meaning or sense in the elders murmuring that youth of today is not like what they were or how they were in their youth; irrespective of age, one has to be constantly trying to be a role model for the youth in all the ways they expect the YOUTH OF THE AGE to be’.
“MORE AND MORE PRACTITIONERS AND LESS AND LESS PREACHERS”
“Dr.Kalam spoke to youth as if he was a friend and not a great scientist or a former president. He said we should dream big and work hard,”