Establish A Deep Bond With Our Youth!
The hardest time of my life was when I was a teenager. I lived with a strict single mother until her death when I was 15. After her death, no other adult, including my father, cared about my well-being. By age 18, I tried to commit suicide several times . . . fortunately, I was unsuccessful. When I became an adult, I vowed to always encourage and assist young people whenever and wherever possible.
If young people are to be assisted in applying fruitfully their emerging powers, it is essential to avoid treating them in ways to prolong their childhood or encourage them to imitate a version of superficial adulthood. They have an increased sense of awareness of their place in the world, especially the relationship with both peers and adults. Their power of analysis becomes stronger and they may begin to question much of what they were taught. They also see the contradictions in the world that had previously gone unnoticed.
They are not as willing as before to follow automatically the standards set by adults. The social environment, particularly the conduct of adults, is largely responsible for many of the undesirable traits that are associated with teenagers. For example, the irresponsible attitude towards marriage and the consequent rising tide of divorce; the weakening of family solidarity and progressive slackening of parental control, the pursuit of earthly riches and pleasures, patriotic arrogance, and the deterioration in the standard of literature and of the press.
What can be done is to offer young people an environment in which their powers can be nurtured and that they are influenced by appropriate social forces! Trying to isolate them entirely from harmful social conditions, just leaves them ignorant. Every effort has to be made to enable them to assess and analyze the world around them. And the focus is the realization of their potential to act as determined agents of social transformation and to contribute to the betterment of the world.