Adults are to blame for the problems faced by their kids

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 28 August, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 28 August, 2007, 12:00am

I refer to Professor Chan Kwok-bun's article 'Blazing new trails for future generations' (August 18).

Every generation is problematic in the eyes of the older one.

This, I believe, is a result of two things.

First, as Professor Chan mentioned, is the changed social backdrop against which each generation is set; second is our nature to be judgmental.

I am of the opinion that any flaw we find our younger generation has, is inherited.

Youths live in an environment created by adults; they are the spectators.

They react and respond to what they see, feel and perceive.

For instance, how could our children not be materialistic when weekends mean shopping?

How could they be not indifferent when they are left alone at home most of every day?

How could they not have conflicting values when injustice, inequality and double standards have become norms in our society?

If we, as adults, do not like what we are seeing in our youths, the very first thing we need to do is to change ourselves.

What is more, the world has changed and is changing rapidly.

Technology has transformed the way we do business, the way we make money - something we laud.

How then could it not have transformed the way our children live growing up?

Did we have internet, i-pod, Xbox when we grew up?

How could we expect them to invent their own toys as we did when we only had sticks and cans?

The way of having fun has also changed. And mind you, aren't these things created and marketed so relentlessly to them by us adults?

My point is, we should give them a break. They will get by.

But if for one moment we are seriously concerned about their welfare, think about how we could change ourselves to shape a better world before we hand it over to them.

J. Y. K. Cheng, Quarry Bay