This is me musing...
Our children are our future, but sometimes I question if they will ever become mature enough to sensibly take over after we are gone. But then, I look at my own generation and shake my head in disappointment. We've mucked things up. Our children behave in a way that is modeled by the adults around them (parents, extended family, teachers, mentors, etc.). If the role models can't get it together than the odds of success are dismal for our children. I'm wondering what are we teaching or not teaching our children?
Maybe I am too old to fully understand this present generation of young people. I look around and see a number of tweens and teens obsessed with their selfies, trashy posts on social media or texting a friend that happens to be sitting one foot away. (I don't get that) Members of a typical family unit have become so busy with their own activities, they spend less time around the kitchen table, conversing.
It's a no-brainer that teens have the ability to be self-absorbed, but I know some adults suffering from the same syndrome. When it comes to the trash talk, I believe it is for the 'shock and awe' effect in order to get more LIKE's. Yearning for more 'Likes' has escalated so much that many children have become addicted, but so have many adults.
The side-by-side texting is puzzling to me, so from this point on is merely a 'what if ' scenario. Side-by-side texting could be due to a permanent loss of the ability to speak. If so, then perhaps our children will one day be communicating with their youngsters, not with words, but via a text or some other kind of technical device. It is reasonable to believe that if our children cannot speak, their future children won't be able to speak either. If so, it is fair to speculate that the written word, as we know it now, would cease to exist. The world of texting with abbreviated wording and nonsensical coding would become the new normal. What if... our children's children could not read a book? Books would become obsolete. Books would simply be used to fuel the fire.
What else could our children's children lose? Fellowship comes to mind. The future could hold an isolated race with no desire for fellowship, because they are fixated on their technical devices. What if... the technical devices crash? What then? Is it possible that we or our children are the catalyst for change? What if... the change is a regression of the human race. Imagine. What sort of future will our children's children face?
Kathy Goodhew, author
I sense a need for something greater than self. So, I am led by Christ's love to be an encourager as I share about His faithfulness and grace.