Childhood Chasm : Which one is the optimum?
This article is about a juxtaposition of the childhood spending ways of two different generations, Gen X and Gen Y. You will be acknowledged with the deviating ways of their education, entertainment, lifestyle etc.
- what is childhood?
- deviating ways of educating children
- discrepating ways of entertainment
- changing personality and behaviour
- discordant liking of food
what is childhood?
A man has to elapse through many stages of life, since he is born until he dies. He passes through infancy, childhood, boyhood, youth, middle age and old age. Of all these phases of life childhood is the most cardinal. It is a mixture of happiness, wonder, angst and resilience. It is a world without much adult interference. It is a time to learn about responsibilities without having to deal with adult responsibilities. Childhood is the most critical period of our life-span. Therefore it is important the way we live it. The things we assimilate during our childhood stay with us until our life ends. It is the period when our mind takes shape. Our mental attitude and physical fitness builds up. Therefore, we should live it wisely.
deviating ways of educating children
So, I would like to commence the competition between Gen X and Gen Y with education. Education in the early 20th century was not a topic of great heed. As at that time, there were mostly villages and very less well developed areas having educational institutions, people were also not aware of the importance of education. While in today’s modern era, education is a topic of cognizance. There are well flourished schools and colleges and children pay great attention to their studies. However, there were also many positives of rural education. I remember my grandfather saying that his school was 16 kilometers away from his village he covered all this distance simply by running. Because of very less schools in the remote areas, it became a strong reason for raising their physical fitness. While on the other hand if we talk about today, a student doesn’t even need to walk 5 steps and his school bus or other transport facilities are there to take him to school. This is an extensive reason why children today are not having enough stamina to promenade even 2-3 kilometers.
discrepating ways of entertainment
After education, continuing the trail let’s move to entertainment. Entertainment is something that we enjoy doing, like the present generation loves watching television and spending their time on computers. They enjoy sojourning malls and other expensive shopping complexes. However, there were total antithetical conditions in the past. During the last summer vacations, when I went to my grandma’s house, I asked her what were the things during her childhood that she enjoyed a lot. She told me that she and her friends adored visiting fairs which were 10-15 kilometers far from their village. So you can see that in the previous generations from education to entertainment, every thing was an essential factor for their physical fitness. I even got to know that at that period of time a madari came once in a month and made his trained animals dance, which was enjoyed by every child in the village. But if we talk about the reversal aspects. Children at that time were not aware of the latest technology, whereas children today are friendly with computers which are an essential constituent for their studies.
changing personality and behaviour
Now after education and entertainment, coming to personality and behavior, children of early generations were not a coalesce of being studious, well mannered and outspoken as well. It doesn’t connote that the children at that time were not at all a combination of these qualities. There were, but rarely one in a thousand because at that time, these qualities were never indoctrinated to him, were god gifted. But children today are not only needed to be studious, they should also be well behaved and candid. He has to take his diligence towards the latest technology and current affairs as well. However at present, these qualities are never referred as god gifted because children are being taught about its essence in their homes and schools.
discordant liking of food
Successing personality and behavior is the turn of food and hygiene. Talking about food our grandparents had not even heard of anything called such as junk food. They simply adored eating traditional foods which were very aseptic and salubrious. But you will be thunder bolted to know that their body nutrition was not good even when they ate hygienic food. Want to know why! Because at that time, children and even their parents were aware of, and even if aware didn’t meticulate much whether they wash their hands before eating or they don’t eat stale food. But children today have got the best medical facilities, are discerned that which type of food is optimum for them. But their appetite arises only when pizzas, burgers and all other type of junk food is in front of them. It’s been such a clemency that during the time of our previous generation’s childhood, when medical facilities and hygienic awareness was not good, children ate nutritious food but today when medical facilities are touching it’s heights and children know, which type of food they should eat, they are engrossed in eating fast foods only.
After intellecting all these points I am in a state of dilemma. Thus the decision taking competence is in your hands. Now you decide that which way of spending the childhood is optimum.