Onuora Ifunanya Ann
NOW, I understand why the bible says that this generation is a wicked generation. There was a time when societal values were held at high esteem, that was a time when everything seemed right. But it is now, 'WAS A TIME” no longer “IS A TIME”. Welcome to the 21st Century where everything has changed, social development, technological advancement, and to mention but a few. Societal values are one of the various things that tend to be ignored but it is one of the bed rocks of every society. Moral values and standards have had a drastic change from positive to negative over the years. We now live in time of rapid change but what intrigues me most is how these changes have affected our initiative, our sense of fashion and sensuality Now, using your imagination, picture an old lady on a mini skirt, how ridiculous that can be. The mode of dressing of this century has now changed to an extent that people now put on rags ,calling them clothes and the most surprising aspect is that these rags cost more than the real clothes. The youth can be excused from this indecency for it will be assumed that they are young and ignorant but what of the elders within the society who have also become perpetrators of the same act. These are the ones that should teach the young, the need for decency. There is a popular saying that the way you dress is the way that you will addressed. Many persons are not aware of the fact that dressing or someone sense of style tells a lot about him or her. It tells about the person’s personality, class and finally it gives a partial detail about the person in question. Some elders of this century can no longer give any wise counseling to the young. Now tell me, what can this age pass on to the next? This is a question that is yet to be answered. Another mind twisting point of this Twenty-first Century is the issue of homosexuality, and people can now fight for legalization of same sex marriage. What a moral degradation. Shame has left the eyes of many, and people see this un-natural act as something of pride and a reigning trend, oh! What a time. What can we say is the cause of this is it psychological issue or spiritual imbalance or is it how shameless people have become? The number of homosexuals especially in the western world is on an increase what an abnormality, this is a thirty million kilometer shift from normal. Imagine children who were seen by some as precious gifts are now being seen as burdens. The popular saying for some, is, “I do not want this pregnancy lets flush it” like it is feces defecated in the toilet. But why is this happening? Before it was common among the unmarried now the married people are now committing the same act saying it was unplanned. This is a high rate of moral degradation, I call for action, and I call for change. What have this century become? What do we tell the future generation? What good values do we pass on to them? One of the pillars of every society is good moral values but it is a pity that pillar is gradually collapsing. The world is slowly moving out of balance. We should try to preserve our values, “show me a man without values and I will show you a man without direction”, because these are what define us. They tell who we are. The elders should try to teach good morals to children, for the bible says in the book of Proverbs 22 vs 6 “train your children the way he should grow so he will not turn from it” the young should also listen to wise counsel for the Bible also says in the book of Proverbs 22 vs17 “pay attention and listen to the sayings of the wise; apply your heart to what I teach. Let us have a rethink! Now, see this as a food for thought “What do we have to impart to the future generation? Is it positive or negative?