Burning Bridges – The Generation Gap cannot be Bridged

“It is most likely to have been born out of the longing to unite people and overcome isolation. A product of having been raised in a cocoon by anxious parents who were refusing to let you go.

– Ruthvi Reddy

“Accept certain inalienable truths: Prices will rise. Politicians will philander. You, too, will get old. And when you do, you’ll fantasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.”
        – an excerpt from the sham Kurt Vonnegut commencement address

Just a few days ago, I was reading about how several parents were protesting against the exorbitant hike in private schools’ fees. In other news, they also spoke about the shortage of ‘good’ teachers; problems concerning higher education and also, the possibility of invasion by alien species. Things are different now, than they were a decade or more ago. Strikingly different, if I may say.

The kids of this generation aren’t waging wars against their families anymore. Instead, they are busy text messaging them. They’re close to their parents. They are all friends on Facebook and other platforms of social media. They also travel together and post photos. They cross swords lesser than their previous generations.

Yet, surprisingly, a greater percentage of young people discern a major gap. A significant difference in the point of view or perspective of theirs and their parents today.

Possibly, it’s human nature to find fault with your neighbouring generation. Possibly. But, what would you blame? The technology?

Backing the condemnation with the fact that nearly 83% of this Gen sleep with their cell phones. But, are you right in believing that technology shapes a generation or is it really the other way round? Or maybe both, when considered in separate cases.

It is most likely to have been born out of the longing to unite people and overcome isolation. A product of having been raised in a cocoon by anxious parents who were refusing to let you go. On the other hand, it served as a medium for the very isolation that it was intended to tackle.

Ironic.

The bridge is non-existent.

The gap is a very real thing.

The circumstances that you grow up in, shape you. They make you what you are. And, you can’t help but nod along when I say that these very circumstances take disparate turns, especially when viewed across generations. There are bound to be breaches in opinions and beliefs considering that you have been fundamentally modelled non-identically. It is all the work of the sheer difference in the times and worlds in which we were born. It is surely, an obvious phenomenon. Whether or not this accounts for a harmonious co-existence is an argument for another day.

– Ruthvi Reddy

 



Catch the other side of the story on
Building Bridges


 

Cover designed by: Krishna Teja Nunna

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