Are we a doomed generation?

2020-01-15 06:01
Advocate Kuni Ditira Social Observer

Advocate Kuni Ditira Social Observer

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Someone on Facebook said, “We are a depressed generation hiding behind alcohol consumption, drugs, partying, dating and jokes. Deep inside we feel dead and empty”.

Is this true? Is it only true to some people and not to others?

What I have observed is that there are so many churches mushrooming, but also many drinking places to match the mushrooming of churches. There are four or so places in the township were people park their cars and drink. Some of these places are just car washes.

Every weekend, from Friday to Sunday, multitudes of people converge at these places to drink alcohol.

On social media, it is just a competition as to who was drinking what and where. It is no longer embarrassing to see people drinking in the streets or in a car.

Is social media to blame? In this ideal and perfect life on social media everyone has to prove that they are well off and party more than others.

Social media is a happy place where everyone is blessed and well off. People go on overseas trips, they drive expensive cars and have big beautiful houses. They eat at expensive restaurants. Everyone is happy. Life is just easy.

Are we keeping this facade whilst we are feeling dead and empty inside?

Our social barometer is no longer working.

We want our children to live the life we did not live. We forget that the life we had was full of teachings. We did not have much material possessions, but we have love from family and friends.

These days we are friends on social media with people we have not met. They are not really our friends, are they?

Their likes and shares do not mean that they understand us or even like us.

Some of the people are just stalking you on social media. When they meet you in the streets they do not know you, but you have a lot of friends following you.

I am not blaming social media, it has its positives, but use it wisely.

In the end, we need to take a deep breath and reflect on our lives.

Are you on the right path? Is there anything that you can change? What can you do to be closer to your family and be able to enjoy their company more?

Some people are physically present, but emotionally absent.

Social media again. We spend a lot of time on devices, even when we are with our children.

Children grow up quickly, especially if we devide our attention and they have to keep themselves busy. We wake up one day and find them all grown up.

Whilst they needed our attention and our teachings, we were busy drinking and partying.

You should have days where you stay with your loved ones. Go to the park and play. Go to the movies together.

Find something that you all enjoy doing, like parkrun on Saturdays or going to church together.

Someone said that we are a generation characterised by consumerism and hedonism.

We are a sad generation with happy pictures.

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