Misled Children

 

    When I see high school teenagers driving a fairly new sport car, having lunch at a restaurant, meeting at a Starbucks for a friendly chat while sipping a coffee or some surfing in a modern laptop, it makes me wonder how their lives will be in the future.

    What would happen when, from an early age, a teenage kid gets accustomed to experience and enjoy some “pleasures” of life that are supposedly reserved for an adult that already have accomplished something in life?

    The first time can be magic, but the time number twenty is not that much, and by the time number fifty, it has become a routine that classifies as a standard necessity instead of a pleasure to enjoy.

    Parents provided and children had an easy life. Asking for a car at the age of fifteen; having money to eat at restaurants, having a coffee at Starbucks and using the latest cell phone in the market; living the life of a well paid professional when still going to High School and sometimes not even getting good grades!

    How much money they will have to generate in the near future to sustain a higher life that has become just the base for them? What could be a nice honeymoon trip when graduation from high school with a “C” implies a cruise to the Bahamas?

    I can understand the concept of giving the “taste” as a motivational way, but when the results in school don’t reflect constructing the base to reach the presented image and standard to achieve; then the good intentions become a misleading guidance.

    Instead of earning every little advantage, that should create the mentality of working hard to supply the needs and enjoy a small luxury from time to time, the concept generated in teenagers these days is that they have to be surrounded by the expensive and the latest, and disregarded the part of generating the income necessary to supply such luxuries.

    It is acquiring prestige by the possession and continual use of the latest material elements, rather than the pride of being good at something.

    And then, what would happen when the material possessions are lost due to…let’s say…a falling economy. Those who have lived a life of pride based on owning material luxury would become lost and without identity when loosing the material elements; while those who acquired pride by the sense of knowledge and expertise will still have their pride, even if is under a new, deprived economic situation.

    Something to think about…

Raul

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6 Responses to Misled Children

  1. Kelvin Kao says:

    Something to think about… especially when it’s already happening to some people.

    Sometimes I feel like some college kids are so poor (or so they complain) and so rich (their spending habits) at the same time…
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Kelvin,

    It becomes kind of funny somehow because of the contradiction, and yet still sad for the consequences.

    Raul
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  2. Hi Raul,

    As I read your post I’m reminded of all the times I’ve driven past the high school parking lot to see it lined with new and pricey cars, wondering ….

    And yes, add to that, the latest electronic gadgets teens possess.

    You’re right. If everything is handed to a young person, it’s easy for them to lose (or never develop) that sense of wanting to work for what they desire. Or to learn how to save for it.

    Kinda sad.
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Barbara,

    Loosing the opportunity to develop strength and endurance by the hard work to achieve something, and the pleasure of conquering something after that.

    Raul
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  3. Sara says:

    Raul — AH, a real brain workout!

    I think that it’s HOW we raise our kids and not the “things” they are given that makes them the adults they become. It’s the values we teach them, which I think you ARE implying in this post.

    Bottom line, I don’t believe “things” bring us happiness. It’s the love, the sharing, the compassion and reaching out to other people that brings happiness. To me, these are the values children need to learn.
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    Raul Ojeda Reply:

    Hi Sara,

    Yes, “values” rather than “valuables”, so pride and respect can come from inside the heart rather than inside the wallet (or the credit line). I believe the direction of the economy will help the cause though :)

    Raul
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