The word ‘Gap’ interprets different generations – the present and the past – and the misunderstanding between them!
This, generation gap is one of the unwritten practices prevailing in every country. Differences, invariably, erupt between the parents and children, teachers and students and the elders and youngsters.
Unlike the elders, the younger are fast and dashing in doing a thing. It is not that they are busy. It is just the way they cultivated themselves. This was pointed out many years ago by the UNO that traditions vary as the generation changes and so are the interest, activities, attitudes and many aspects.
True to this finding, it is apparent that the older generations are pious, charitable, and followed all the customs, while the present generation has no time for such superstitious belief.
Now love marriage is common. But how long would such a marriage last? Sooner or later, they may develop difference of opinion and part ways! In this case, there is not even one elder member from both sides to compromise and reunite the couple. It is not that love marriages are taboo. It is the better understanding between the couple and getting the nod of approval from both side parents as well, before getting married. (Read between the lines of this great saying, “Every couple is not a pair!”)
However, the old tradition of ‘Arranged Marriages’ still does not lose their charm. Here, there are elders to bridge the gap between the couple if any difference of opinion erupts between them.
Another pathetic situation is the, ‘Old Age Home.’ The younger generation hates the sight of their aged and feeble parents. They mercilessly put their aged parents in the old age home. But these people must watch out that their children are watching what they are up to. So, when their own parents became aged, the children of today would put them in the old age home, too!
But it was not so with the older generation. These elderly people taught all good things to the grand children.
The doctors of yesteryears had clean-shaven face and wore white coat. It is a psychological feeling. That was why the British had insisted on clean shaven face and white coat. But now all these were thrown to the winds!
The present day interview also took a dramatic turn. The candidate courting a beard and moustache! Wearing jeans pant, baggy shirts and sitting with legs crossed, is accepted. He is permitted to ask questions about the company and the scope of growth. Previously it was not so. The interviewee must wear a presentable look, with an inevitable white shirt.
Whether at home, or in the workplace, or in politics, or during journey, the generation gap always exists. However, the younger generation must understand that the seniors had been brought up with care, caution and all virtues. And every piece of advice they give have great potential.
Said Sarton, the notable writer, “Do not deprive me of my age; I’ve earned it.”