Coconut Generation

The Next Generation of Asian Indians

Youth Ethics – troubling December 8, 2008

Filed under: Youth — Sam George @ 7:15 pm
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You may say what does ethics got to do with todays’ youth. That is exactly this youth research study wanted to find out and resulting are very disturbing.

The Josephson Institute of Los Angeles, which studies contemporary ethics and morals of American Youth, recently released its “2008 Report Card on the Ethics of American Youth.” They surveyed nearly 30000 youth across this nation to find out their ethical and moral groundings. What did they find? The next generation (future leaders, bizmen, politicians, teachers, parents etc) are involved in lying, cheating and stealing. Find the entire report card here and New York Times report.

30% stole from stores last year. 64% cheated on class tests. 83% lied to their parents. Inspite of these distubing stats, 93% seems to satisfied with their personal ethics, meaning they do not find anything wrong with what they did. That is more distubing fact than the stats itself.

It even scary to imagine what will happen when these youth become adults. Lying and cheating in their marriage, fail to keep us contrctual obligations in business, politicians stealing on public contracts, lying to their children and employers etc. Yet justifying their action according to their personal ethics.

We must have a common objective moral standards in the society outside of ourselves, without which we are bound too see such vaue confusion. What is right for you may not be right for me. Relativistic worldview will undermine our common vision for family, society and nation.

We removed God from schools and we saw pregnant teens, violence in school and now this new ethical standards. We removed God from business world (anything goes for sake of making money) and we saw several corporate implosion. Most recely mortgage crisis, econmic greed and near collapse of capitalism itself. We removed God from families and marriage crashed out at record numbers. We removed God from stores (last Christmas season) and come an year later, retail stores are in trouble and closing down. What a strange dilemma of the Western world.

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40% divorce rate in Mumbai, India February 5, 2008

Filed under: Culture,Family,India,News — Sam George @ 4:57 am
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Three different friends of mine send me this report from TOI. It says that 2 out of 5 marriage are officially breaking up in Mumbai. No one know how many unofficial divorces takes place… those who sever the relationship and decided to separate without legal  hassles.

Sociologists have blamed it on the hyper-urban lifestyle. Often as a result of time-starved relationships. 8-10 hour work days plus 2-3 hrs of commute, leaves couples with very little quality time at their disposal in nurturing the  marraige. Other blame on extra marital relationships and some even on the influence of Bollywood culture in Mumbai. Whatever be the case, Mumbai is not financial and film industry capital, but continue to be trendsetter in new sociological upheavals.

Family is the most fundamental unit of the society. When families breakdown, there is weakening in the fabric of the society. It sure is indication of dilution of values and place of morality in the society. When a society grows weaker, soon it begins to show in the national character. Rise and fall  of nations can not be seen only in economic or military powers, but need to be seen inner moral courage of its people.