What are young people up to these days?
Honestly, most of us are just waiting for the next party, the next weekend event or to get drunk, smoke, wear the latest clothing we bought with the week’s minimum wages, all of that to have something to post on our social media accounts . . . And what are we not up to? Well, in my opinion we’re certainly not reading, learning history, or anything about world crises; we don’t know that climate change affects small islands like ours first, and the most we will know about our ancestry is what is printed in our primary school text.
I can be brutally honest because this is my generation. There’s solid proof right here in the STAR archives. Every week in the 2Nite magazine there’s a reason to have bought a new outfit, all accessories included. Then there’s the fact that to achieve the desired level of party bliss, a few hundred dollars would have to be thrown away on alcohol, marijuana or both, in one night. Of course, not all of us are that stupid but most of us definitely are. There is no denying we have grown up to be either a particularly shallow, ignorant generation or one particularly influenced by shallow, older folk.
One doesn’t have to listen too closely to hear our parenting generations complain about us; how we have grown to be selfish and materialistic; that we have had everything handed to us, and not experienced the hardships that deliver valuable life lessons. We are constantly nagged about our lackadaisical attitudes, at our workplaces and at home. Almost everyone comments on the radio and in the street about our lack of morals.
We don’t have to listen carefully to hear our young people complaining about the backwardness of Saint Lucia and the difficulties to get anything of standard accomplished. Some of us are so eager to leave, to search for a better life, not ever considering what we can do to improve things at home.
But who is to blame for our party addiction? It’s either those who groomed us to be perfectly selfish, helpless individuals or ourselves for not taking responsibility for our actions. Let’s just say we do blame the latter.
Before beginning to write I asked some peers what they thought were our generation’s priorities. As if echoing each other, they all said: partying, drinking, sex and Instagram. I put the same question to some other friends. They said the same thing: partying, drinking, sex and Instagram, with the addition of closed mindedness.
Well, our priorities are also our biggest problem, and we are very much aware of it. We also know we’re uninformed about social issues, environmental issues, cultural issues and even our own domestic issues.
How is it that we know the names and locations of the 30+ Carnival events and every online boutique that could provide the perfect ensemble to wear?
Lastly, I asked what would they choose to change about our generation? They offered one answer: our ignorance.
According to Aristotle: “Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.” There is no reason why we should not be more cultured, knowledgeable, refined, informed; the world is literally at our fingertips.
Typical adolescence weekend celebration- party ton-up!