Friday, January 05, 2007

18 years of Neglect...

My job sometimes requires a little bit of patience and a lot of cunning.

That's because we mostly deal with college students, and although some do come equipped with enough EQ to go by life, some do come with high-flying grades, but no ability to act nor think independently.

They are more affectionately known as the Generation 'Y' of today. Stereotypically, these are the kids who do not know how to live on their own, make their own decisions, and basically, take responsibility for their own actions.

You can easily spot such people out by just observing them and thier relationship with their parents. Gen-Y kids are sometimes too close to their parents until they cannot detach from them. If you've watched 'Failure to Launch', you'd understand. Such kids shun responsibility and if given the chance, they would rather you call the shots. All they know is that they want to have the latest mobile phone model, or which movie they must go to. Besides that, they'd call their parents to consult them about everything else.

The only problem is, sometimes, when told of thier predicament, they try too hard to recompensate. Over-compensation isn't a very pretty thing at all. So, besides asking their parents on what to do next, sometimes, they jump into conclusions and make decisions hastily, just to show that they aren't 'Momma's Kid'. Most of the time, they will make 'mis-informed' decisions. Simply because they haven't been making deicions all their lives, they cannot see anything beyond their current situation. Such kids rely on their parents so much that they do not know what's happening out there in the real world. Everything that they do know is whatever their parents tell them or teach them.

Such is the psyche of most of today's kids. Because they have not have the need to make informed decisions, they leave the information with their parents. And thus, when they do make a decision, they lack proper judgement simply because they know no better.

Thus, this comes back to the notion of 'Thinking outside the Box'. The only problem is, these kids have such a small 'Box' that they cannot see too far out.

When I was still studying, my teacher used to say that we must always think outside the box in order to make it big. But then, when I stepped into Uni, I found out that if I don't even know the size of my own 'Box', how do I venture out of it?

Thus, the theory is, no one can actually think outside the box all by him/herself.

Let me ask you. If you've never heard of the word 'psychology' or 'marxism', would you even know where to find such things to study or explore?

So, the reasoning for this is simple. If you do not know the size of your own box, you simply don't know what's out there. If you over compensate, you migth run the risk of becoming like the scientists of yesteryear, making out 'informed' theories about the universe, how big is it, how many 'other universes' are there?



Blogger BeaWuzHere said...

what is marxism? senang lah...

unfortunately even with easy access to information nowadays, a lot of people never take the initiative to look it up...XP

January 08, 2007 8:43 pm  
Blogger theGodlyLawyer said...

You are encountering the upcoming generation. They are younger than you. I am however, facing the 'older' generation where I still question the similar thing. I therefore wonder if we are the 'weird' one instead.

January 09, 2007 2:22 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

B: If you have never even encountered the word before, how would you even know about looking it up?

TGL: So we're different... hhhmmm... Now that should pose to be a real problem... ahahahahaha


January 09, 2007 3:46 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

well....eventually, we all have to "start off somewhere" in order to know our perimeters.......

point taken on this entry.


January 11, 2007 11:13 pm  

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