What are young peo­ple up to these days?

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL - By Clau­dia Elei­box.

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!

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