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Who Do You Blame For This Mess?

22 October 2012, 11:56

It is obvious that there is generally a low level of discipline and morality in our society today. It is indeed worrisome that indiscipline and immorality are now rife and they are common among the youth and the children.

Children no longer respect their parents and teenagers display a great level of immorality and indiscipline, children flagrantly disobey their parents and in school, students often behave irrationally. They conduct themselves in unruly manners.

The younger generation does not have respect for the rules and regulations guiding civilized behaviours in the society as government laws and edicts are circumvented at will. It is no news that pornography is a common thing among the teenagers today. Wao!

This deplorable level of indiscipline and immorality is attributable to the decay in family lives in the society today as many children nowadays grow up without imbibing the socially desirable qualities of honesty, humility, integrity and respect for the dignity of labour.

Traditionally, in the past parents used to make sure that their children were properly brought up, and other adult members of the community assisted in the process but all this is now history for only God knows why.

Nowadays, parents pay little or even no attention to the onerous task of bringing up their children because they claim to be hustlers (men and women alike), chasing money and material possessions of this life in the erroneous belief that money answereth all things. Money! Money!! Money!!!

In pursuance of this erroneous belief, parents have abandoned the upbringing of their children to house-helps who are completely ignorant of the daunting challenges before them because most of them (house-helps) are too young and immature and this is even worsened by the fact that they are mostly ill-treated by their employers.

Thus, they are ill-equipped to play the role of surrogate parents to the children put under their care and as a direct effect, many teenagers nowadays grow up without proper parental guidance and consequently, they lack those vital psychological and moral qualities necessary for a disciplined and morally upright life.

Another reason worthy of mention here is distorted societal values because today, little value is placed on good societal behavior. This is seen in the increased number of prostitutes, armed robbers, cultists we have in our institutions of higher learning today.

A society that places undue emphasis on money cannot but reap the whirlwind of indiscipline and immorality. The fact is that most of our elders have created the impression that what matters most is MONEY as many parents insist today that their daughter must get married to a rich man.

They are indifferent to how such money was made in the first place. Our philosophy of this life and world views are topsy-turvy indeed!

This ugly trend must stop if we must have stop if we are serious about the statement that children are the leaders of tomorrow, if their tomorrow must be better and sane.

Parents must be of good examples to their children, they must promote good values that will re-orientate their children towards good behavior and disciplined life. The society at large also has to promote good moral virtues and values. The situation where our traditional rulers derive undue pleasure in giving chieftaincy titles to well known scoundrels and criminals because they are stupendously rich must stop. A word is enough for the wise! 

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