Let us look at how the youth plays a major role in transforming today’s republic.
An American writer Perl S. Buck once said, “The young do not know enough to be prudent, and therefore they attempt the impossible, and achieve it, generation after generation.”, today we’ll be discussing how the youth is able to achieve the impossible.
Youth is the building block of the nation, as they are the future leaders. They are ruling all of the different sectors of our nation, ranging from IT sectors to politics.
Now let’s talk about how they can participate in the role of transforming today’s republic.
It can be done by critical thinking, which is quite a complex topic. Critical thinking in simple terms is “reasonable and reflective thinking that is focused on deciding what to believe or to do.”
It is a very important skill that can help the youth to become innovative thinkers, who can think for themselves and think critically. Therefore, it should be taught at schools to children from a young age.
We can’t transform the republic by just criticizing and questioning things. But looking at things from a critical point of view is a crucial first step towards the transformation.
Youth’s interest in politics as well as participation in it is extremely important. Though many young people find politics boring or just start to consider it as a dirty word. Then becomes the responsibility of the adults to be able ignite interest in the hearts of the youth.
Adults, not only family members or teachers but also political leaders and representatives, should encourage the youth to participate in politics and work towards changing it for the better.
Regardless of young people’s interest in politics, they need to know their constitution and fundamental rights.
Looking at issues not only as issues of an individual but looking at them from a wider perspective can really contribute to bringing changes. This is known as sociological imagination.
The term sociological imagination was first introduced by a sociologist Wright Mills, who defined it as “the vivid awareness of the relationship between experience and the wider society.”
To understand it more clearly let’s take an example of child abuse. Child abuse is considered an individual issue which is occurring behind the closed doors of a household. But if we pause for a second to question, “Why is it taking place in so many households in our country?”, we’ll come to a conclusion that the societal issue behind this problem in lack of mental health awareness. By not knowing the significance of mental health many adults intentionally or unintentionally participate in the abuse.
Here we looked at child abuse, an individual problem, and figured out the root cause of this problem, i.e. lack of mental health awareness. That’s how the youth can use sociological imagination. They can look at problems in their everyday life and find their source to come up with a better solution that can serve the republic as a whole.
“Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both.”– C. Wrights Mills
In short education is the key for transforming anything for the good. Education helps us in opening our minds to different perspective. The three things I mentioned is what I feel like is extremely crucial for bringing change.
There are many different ways in which the youth can contribute in the transformation of our republic. This post just mentions a few of them.