Youth is a very important period in
the life of man. This is the time when a person discovers the world and tries
to determine the place in the universe. Young people face lots of problems
which are very important for them and do not differ much from those that once
their parents had to deal with. At the same time every generation is unique. It
differs from the one that preceded it in its experience, ideals and a system of
values. The adults always say that the young are not what they were. These
words are repeated from generation to generation. To some extent they are true,
because every new generation grows up quicker, enjoys more freedom. It is
better educated and benefits from the results of the technological progress of
Young people of today do not
directly accept the standards of their parents who believe that they are right
because they are older. The adults don't want their values to be questioned.
The young on the other hand can not accept the values of their
"fathers". All these differences generate a generation gap when the
young and adult do not understand one another. As a rule the adults,
dissatisfied with their own lives, teach the young how to live. Unfortunately,
the adults apply old standards to the new way of life. They can not leave
behind their "good old days". This burden is very heavy. They think
that the world is going down hill. They gloomily look ahead unable to
understand the optimism of their children who want to pave their own way in
life. The majority of the young people do not want to live in the past. They
have their own ideals. They want to make their own mistakes rather than to
listen to the warnings of the adults and repeat the mistakes of the older
generation. They want to overcome their own difficulties without looking back.
However, the life of the young is frequently determined by the adults. I think
that parents will never understand their children. And children, in their turn,
shock their parents with their dress, language, behaviour. The existence of
sub-culture which is specific for every generation is a form of protest of the
young people against the values of the adults. Thus, informal groups such as
Hippies, Rockers, Bikers, Skinheads, Punks, Goths, Acid House appeared as a
kind of protest against the values and lifestyles of the older people.
Traditionally, young people were
looking at their elders for guidance. Today the situation is different.
Sometimes the young people share information and experience with their parents.
I think that it is not bad, especially when the adults really try to understand
what is going on in the lives of their children. Moreover, young people grow up
so quickly that they almost do not have time to enjoy their childhood.
Another problem that young people
face today concerns their relationship with their friends. As far as friendship
is concerned, I think that a person can and should have a lot of friends. Не/she can be on good terms with the
classmates. But at the same time there can be only two or three real friends. I
believe that real friends will never betray each other. They will always
understand and help each other. I agree that tolerance is the pledge of
friendship. It is wonderful if a school friend will remain your friend for the
rest of your life. But in this case everything depends on the person.
The problem of love is very
important for young people. Today they fall in love when they reach the age of
Romeo and Juliet. Romanticism and idealism very often accompany the love of the
young. They can love deeply and passionately, they believe that their love will
last forever. Unfortunately, often their hearts are broken. Young people are
not always ready to have stable relations. In many cases they are too young and
inexperienced to begin a family life. They have to continue their education,
while family obligations will force them to make money. At the same time
without good education it is not easy to find a good job.
Communication has always been an
important part of young people's lives. Today they can choose between traditional
and new ways of communication. Traditionally the young meet after classes with
their school friends, make parties, go to the movies or disco clubs to have
fun, relax and acquire new friends. But if the young people do not like noisy
clubs and other places of entertainment, they can find friends without leaving
their homes - the Internet gives such an opportunity. Although this
international Web Wide Web is intended for getting knowledge, only few users
employ it in this way. Others use different computer programmes to chat with
their friends from all over the globe. They can sit for twenty four hours
staring at the monitors. Such young people do not eat, sleep, work or learn
properly. Their parents think that they are doing nothing, but this is not absolutely
correct. They only thing many young people are interested in is navigating
through the net and checking their e-mail boxes. And it is a great problem of
the present and future. In general all the problems of the youth are linked
with the present rather then with the past or future.
- Do your parents like music?
- Yes, they do. They like both
classic and popular music. But my tastes differ from the preference of my
parents. They prefer the music of their youth performed by Joe Cocker, the
"Beatles" or something of that kind. They do not like chaos, rap or
tech, which my generation chooses.
- Do you often quarrel with your
- No, I prefer to settle all our
problems peacefully. Sometimes the best tactics is not to contradict the
parents while doing what I think is important. It is not always necessary that
parents should know that I disagree with them. But very often my friends are
unable to follow this pattern, especially those who hate compromises and do not
like to make concessions to their parents.
- Do you think that a generation gap
can be bridged?
- I doubt that a generation gap can
ever be bridged. But I think that some concessions on both sides are possible.
Sometimes older generations are important for young people because they can
share their experience however irrelevant it may seem to the young. Parents are
also providing their children with pocket money. That is why the young should
not be too impatient when older people teach them what to do, what to wear or
how to think. Tolerance is the only way to bridge the gap of the generations.
- Do you think that people can live
- Problem is the result of the
activity of human mind. Only a simpleton can have no problems and be happy with
everything. Nothing will come of nothing. Problems are inevitable when people
do something. I think that without problems our life will be very boring.
Moreover, when people start to cope with different problems they become
stronger and more experienced. They harden like steel while overcoming
problems. I do not think that life without problems will be better.
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