Fun and Games

Yestersday´s question about youngsters and the things they learn has been discussed in detail on Linkedin.

It appears that several countries are now facing similar problems since the authorities have experimented with the education system. The resulting lack of interest that some youngsters have in the more serious issues of life has given industry the opportunity to sell gadgets and games. They pose the challenges to young people they apparently are not finding elsewhere in life.

Maybe we have failed to pass on the appreciation of real values and virtues. Religion used to be the backbone of society. Now we have almost reverted back to the middle ages with holy wars being used to gain power over people.

Mass unemployment and conditions of slavery in a number of countries with poverty of the many set against the immense wealth of the few also takes us back a thousand years. Where will it all end? Will the present generation have the strength to tackle the issues and peacefully solve the problems this planet is facing?

Of course there are always two sides to a coin. Here is a counter argument giving hope.

I have also found this quote on the web:

‘Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers’ – Socrates approx 400 BC

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2 Responses to Fun and Games

  1. Zalamanda says:

    Oh, no! Not religion!

    Religion is a thorny topic, as I’m sure you will agree. It can do much good, but it can also do terrible things. The problem, to my mind, is that religion is – and always has been – about controlling the populace. By its very nature (blind belief in the unknowable), it discourages initiative and free thinking.

    If religion is strong enough to provide a backbone for society, it is strong enough to send that society to war. It is inherently dangerous.

    I would suggest that religion inevitably weakens as society becomes more educated and has access to more knowledge. The church elders knew this. The “rot” started with the King James bible and accelerated with the drive towards universal literacy.

    So, perhaps lack of religion is not part of the perceived problem.

    • Indeed, Religion is a difficult subject. If used according to its original intention offering rules and guidelines to help people live together in a friendly and peaceful society its good. However, as you say more often than not it has been misused to control people. Well, that is one of our human weaknesses. There is always someone who wants to be top dog.

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