July 15, 2008

ADVICE TO YOUNG PEOPLE

Posted in Education, Messages, Philosophy tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , at 12:48 am by randallbutisingh

Randall Butisingh Newspaper Interview: Question 1of 10.

ADVICE TO YOUNG PEOPLE

Randall Butisingh was recently asked a number of questions by a newspaper feature writer. This was the first of ten questions with the answer. We will feature these questions and answers in the next ten blog entries.

Question: What advice do you have for young people today?

Answer: When you speak of young people, I take it to mean from ages 13 to 20. In many countries, these are children who have grown up in an electronic world that is quite different from their parents and grandparents. In every age the young “rebel” against their parents as they become of age and assert themselves. However, today’s youth seem to be even more uncontrollable as they are affected by many negative influences such as violent games, videos and role models that conflict with the established norms of their cultures.

So it will hardly be doing any good just talking to the youth of today, as it is so difficult to get them to listen. As elders we also give them mixed messages as we do not practice what we preach. Another reason is, that in the majority of cases, they have been so badly taught from the beginning by parents, and later by a system that paid no regard to the real purpose of education which is, “to fit the child to live and to live with”. ‘To live with” means: That he will be instructed with the knowledge and skills that will enable him to make a living. ‘To live with’ means: That he must possess the ability to relate socially in a way that will help to bring peace and harmony in his home and community. He must be courteous, kind, willing to listen to others, be a good friend and always willing to help in time of need.

So, to the question of advice: “less talk and more action.” Dealing with young people will need a selfless leader with a sense of responsibility, one who is empathetic, patient and have a genuine desire to help. He will, instead of talking, organize activities that will benefit the youth physically, mentally and morally; activities that will motivate, build self esteem and help them to achieve and succeed.

A good leader will live what he teaches. He must be someone to emulate. He must be a good role model.

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