What is westernization really? Is it the propaganda about adopting progressive attitudes? Or is it the degeneration of old values? Older folks often say that this generation has gone waste; they don’t value tradition anymore. While it stands true in most cases, they fail to notice that this generation is much stronger than the previous ones. Individuality stands out, opportunities are endless, obsolete and inefficient systems have been cast away.
Traditions change with time and so do people. It is shockingly true that the youth today have no scruples whatsoever; but, this is based on our own definitions of right and wrong. Who says that we are right, after all?
Take premarital sex for instance—is it right or wrong? The biological system demands sex as a natural act as soon as a body is mature. Look around you—the animal world is abundant with this fact. Yet, because we live in society, we term it as ‘unnatural’ or a ‘sin’. I don’t mean to mock anyone’s beliefs or even say that they are wrong. This is just my perspective.
It’s hard for parents to realize that their children have grown old enough to have sex. Years of tradition, values and culture have inbred the idea of sex before marriage being a sin. From a logical angle, this is absurd.
I’ve digressed (something that I fight hard to overcome). We need to open our minds to the children of today. They are not the same as us, our parents or grandparents. BTW – each generation thinks that the following one is deteriorating. The current generation (youth of today) thinks of the older ones as narrow minded, stuck in their ways and uncool.
I constantly battle tradition. I like them; certain routines have a sense of belonging associated with them, like lighting the lamp in the morning. Others seem pointless and a waste of time. Those I ignore. I don’t think there’s a hard and fast rule with what’s right and wrong. It’s just in one’s mind.
One must learn to accept changing times, changing values and changing traditions.