New Democrat (Monrovia)

27 May 2014

Liberia: Youths Beware! Posterity Judges All Fairly

editorial

Castigating senior citizens day in and day out for having kept Liberia backwards is certainly a humdrum that must sound meaningless to accusers and those being accused, rightfully or wrongfully.

Nevertheless, most youths of this generation instinctively take pleasure in this practice rather than concentrating on preparing themselves for the inevitable realities of equally finding solutions to national problems facing them. Too many youths, in audience or otherwise, have the uncouth temptation to slam any senior citizen who attempted making logical contributions to their conversations that may be flawed with disjointed elements.

In arrogance to the elderly, any of them would quip, "Let the papaye or olema move from there, maan. Da dem spoil dis country for us."

No doubt, such uncouth remarks are disguised insults to elderly persons who may only be willing and ready to share their wealth of knowledge and experiences with informal groups of young people. In a similar pattern, recalcitrant teenagers speak daringly to their parents whenever they patiently try to advise them about connections between the past, present and posterity. Such defiance recoils many gutless parents to imbue their children with moral rectitude.

We believe a spinoff of unruly behavior is the indiscipline that has unfortunately permeated our society. And all indications are that peer pressure has become a powerful force multiplying serious criminal activities that are fast destroying the brains and brawns of Liberia's youthful population.

But, regrettably, policy makers, parents, religious leaders and even ordinary citizens, rarely rebuke indiscipline crowning the vices that deeply gnaw the moral fabric of the Liberian society. We find so many persons of diverse ages these days in our society exhibiting no respect and regard for others without remorse as though their deviant attitudes are innate. On sidewalks and in communities, rowdy youths howler vulgar expressions against one another as though they are alien to decency and behaviors legally sanctioned as public nuisance.

It is paradoxical that despite massive youth unemployment, we are equally astonished over the avarice for alcoholic beverages and widespread use of illicit drugs by adolescents nationwide, according to reports. Some of these young customers, including teenage girls, yearn for dusk to head for drinking joints, many just open-air rendezvous along Somalia Drive and other parts of Monrovia, in defiance of age restrictions and protection for their gender. Of course, because most jobless adolescent customers worry about no job obligations at daybreak, they remain gregarious in most clubs until wee hours.

We find it disheartening that many young people prefer deviant habits instead of reading and physically exercising to build their brains and brawns that are in urgent demand for national development.

Mental health clinicians have warned that drug consumption became a way of life during the civil war as rebel fighters were drugged to be undaunted in committing atrocious crimes.

But, despite the disarmament of combatants ten years ago, illicit drug trafficking and smoking have become pervasive in the full view of community dwellers. It is noteworthy to recall that rigid enforcement of laws against consumption, possession and trafficking of illegal drugs before the 1970s minimized the proliferation of substance abuse, which most youngsters these unfortunately prefer as normal life passion. We are heartened that an official of River Gee recently alarmed the legislature to probe the drug menace and propose means to fight this ruinous societal problem that has overwhelmed anti-drug agents due to lack of adequate means to fight it.

We urge gregarious adolescents to find different answers to livelihood problems instead craving to make their bodies numb and thinking faculties twisted. We remind them to become self-consciousness and eschew the blame game, knowing that posterity is waiting to equally critique their footprints in Liberia.

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