THE EDITOR, Sir:
In recent months I have been very concerned about the mental and emotional well-being of our youths. I have come to believe that the needs of our youths are not truly being met and have led to unhappiness and, in many cases, even emotional distress and mental disorders.
One might believe that since these emotional and mental issues aren't made evident through attitudes of withdrawal and craziness, nothing is wrong with an individual's state of mind. However, this is not so. Believe me that the issues facing youths today have made many outright crazy and even delusional!
I understand that in comparison to former years, the physiological needs of people are now being met more than ever, as we Jamaicans have learnt the importance of pursuing education, wealth and happiness as a whole.
However, I dare say, these are not really 'the needs' of today's youths. In fact, from my observations, relationship, comfort, acceptance, trust and so on are more sought after than the needs that parents are killing themselves to provide.
Are we mad?
Daily I hear parents scream their displeasure at their children who they have tried their best to ensure they lack nothing. Daily I witness these same children display attitudes of laziness, carelessness, reluctance, confusion, depression and even insolence for no apparent reason.
As this trend becomes increasingly prevalent, parents are growing more frustrated, impatient and even insensitive every day, mostly because they believe their upbringing was less privileged (especially financially), yet they came out quite normal. They survived without producing half the drama that we young people produce.
I have realised that the number one issue of youths today is boredom, yet they tend to make every effort to avoid every form of activity (except sexual activity)! Interesting, isn't it?
If we wish to be honest, most of us will agree that the word 'borin'' is almost cliché to us now. We are almost always tired and stressed (amid having the technological assistance of washing machines, etc.), plus we are easily traumatised and offended.
Most parents talk about their bad experiences as a child, yet they at least tried to excel, maintain their integrity, manners and moral standards.
Truth is, many are more concerned about pursuing acceptance and beneficial relationships than even their education. Though this is negative, it's the truth. I wish if we, as young people, may become more self-aware and channel our 'revolutionised attitude' in a more elevating and positive direction.