Do you ever feel. . .
14 May 07
I often feel left behind as the world moves so fast. It is always good to have some traditions to fall back on, in times of emergency. but when everything is lost and survival is the utmost aim, we may even get rid of traditions, I feel. We have time to think of traditions only as far as our existence is not questioned. So, I feel it is better to learn to move, though slowly, with the changing world, and preserve the traditions only as far as it is possible.
24 May 07
Dear gberlin, According to observations and ancient philosophies of life, every man goes through four phases in his life. Life in itself is dynamic and fluid. It is always changing and progressive. A person born in this life-stream,(considering a 100 year lifespan), grows up in stages, and undertakes different roles to play and get affiliated to the society that he/she lives in. The four phases of life are the student/child stage from 1 to 20 years, social contrubutor (21 to 40 years), a father (41 to 60 years), retired life (61 to 100 years). While in our childhood/student years we learn and get acclimatized to the current society and its culture. The next 20 years we actively contribute to the building of our society. Then you retire from active public activity and spend time looking after your family and its progress, in terms of children and their education. By this time, roughly 40 yrs. the world has moved forward quite a lot. This gives us a culture shock. The young generation, not necessarily a large gap of years, even our immediate juniors could create a generation gap of thought and technology, would have been taking over the active life controls. In order to avoid trauma, the mind responds by taking refuge in traditions, one that gives us familiarity and affinity. Just like a child returning to his mother whenever he feels threatened. This happens to the latest generations too, when they reach that stage where the younger generations have taken over. To avoid this, one has to understand the inevitability of such a situation and look at the brighter side of change. Maybe we may not be able to adjust to it. But we could look at it with an understanding.
16 May 07
I used to value individual talent over tradition, but quite recently, I got really confused, like T.S Eliot:) I guess tradition plays a lot in the making of our individual self. Nomatter where we are, wetend to fall back on our raditions.There are certain ways of thinking that comes with our traditions, bringing up, nationality. We can always talk about universal brotherhood, but we also need to respect these individual small-community differences. I guess such mutual respectn will only help us cope withthe fast-changing world.
29 Mar 07
ya my friend ,the world is changing very fast from the past, but there are many advantages of this new world and many of the disadvantages . the advantages of this change world is that now we can get all the comfort thing for to make our life easier and many new places are made to enjoy our life such disco,theatre ,casino , dance bar, etc. but this countinously change world has also some disadvantages such as in this modern world we can forgott our culture ,religion and respect of the elder. many diseases are to formed daily , polluton is increases. bye
25 Mar 07
yes my friend I do , I am almost 65 and the world is just so different , we had a paraffin lamp when I was little no TV no PC's , don't get me wrong I don't want to go back to those days but we had time for neighbours then , we didn't lock doors we went out to play without having to worry about perverts or people breaking into our home , life is just too quick now , I love technology but I miss the friendliness , xx
26 Mar 07
I agree completely with you I am 51 and while we always had electricity I do remember as an 8 year old living on the south side of Chicago and my parents letting me ride the city bus by myself to go to my friends house who lived in the suburbs. I would not let my kids do that nowadays. I miss that.
• United States
26 May 07
Yes, I do. The older I get, the more distressing this world seems to be. Everything changes, but things are now changing faster and faster and it's hard to keep up with it. To keep my balance I am stubborn about traditional lifestyles and celebrations. Maybe there's more to it than "to keep my balance." I think the human race is losing its collective mind!
27 May 07
Wow, that is an interesting yet almost terrifying outlook on the human race. Sometimes change is good. I think that as long as change does not conflict with our moral and ethical principles we should embrace those changes. When change tries to destroy good values then it is time to stop that change.
6 Jun 07
Not really. But I felt the world really changing such as how we do things that I more kinda feel the need to go out there and get to know it more about it. I have accepted that I have no control over the world but I have control with my life all the time no matter what.
• United States
26 May 07
Yes the world is changing at a fast pace and to anchor myself sometimes I do turn to things from the past. My mom and dad did things in such a way that it meant something. Marriages now a days just seem to be that people just toss the towel in and don't want to work at a relationship. That is what it takes also is work. There is smooth sailing and then there are the times that the waves seem like the boat is going to cap size. Some of my friends have been married a very short time and because there is fraction they want to throw the towel in. I tell them that they are never going to stay in a relationship because they are looking for perfection and no where not in marriage is that going to happen or anywhere for that matter. People are human and friction happens. It is how you handle the friction that matters. I look back on my mom and dad's marriage and they had a very good marriage. They worked at the problems that cropped up. They didn't run to a lawyer and say let's divorce. As the years rolled on my mom and dad's marriage grew in strength. Anything worth having is worth fighting for. That is what my mom told me one time when I and her were talking. It just seems to me that the old values have been thrown to the side and there are a whole new set of values and to me they are not good values.