Socrates said; ‘Children today are tyrants. They contradict their parents, gobble their food, and tyrannize their teachers.’
Similarly, our parents have the habit of being overly critical of us and under appreciative of our efforts.
We who still refer to our parents as the ‘powers that be,’ are often referred to as the “sms generation” or the “inconsiderate and ungrateful generation.” However, our parents never realize that we are the sms generation because they overly exposed us to it. And our self-defence is not a proclamation of innocence, which it is, instead it is an exclamation of arrogance and misplaced defiance.
Sarcasm, is either dismissed as attitude and modern education induced wit; however, our parents chose where we get educated and they encouraged our wit. As opposed to being treated maturely, we are treated as the children we no longer are.
If you are a parent reading this, I am not criticising you or for that matter, any other parent. All I ask is that before you criticise us, remember you encouraged, instigated and sometimes inspired our actions. Therefore, all I ask is, either remember that you too were once children, or remember that you need to be the change you want to see in us.
Vietnamese Monk Thich Nhat Hanh once wrote “If you look deeply into the palm of your hand, you will see your parents and all generations of your ancestors. All of them are alive in this moment. Each is present in your body. You are the continuation of each of these people.”
Don’t Criticise, Empathise.