Ever since I had taken on to the idea of writing one article/post a day, I’ve been fretting on trying to find meaningful topics and ideas to write on. Some time back a dear friend of mine had asked me this question, and though it has taken me a while, I thought I’d pen down a response.
“At the ages of 14, 15, 16, 17, children upto the 1800s were fighting battles. Physically. Mentally. Logically. Politically. Name it. …… My question is: Where is that strength? Where are those people? As newer people enter the realms of the earth, are they becoming more materialistic? AS we sit glued to our computers, are we missing that strength that is to be collected by going out, mingling with nature, practicing dance and music? What is happening to the world? Just an opinion di. If you have something to say. Keep Writing!”
What is strength exactly? Is it being strong to fight wars for glory, for extending your countries borders, or is it strong to fight for conviction, to fight for a belief, a cause, for a purpose? And if the latter be strong, then is fighting for glory not a purpose? Truthfully speaking this argument is a never ending cycle of endless questions. To me true strength is having the courage to stand your ground for what you believe in, and also have the open-mindedness to acknowledge when you are wrong.
Stone Faces by Miquel Vernet
To answer your question, first of all, I think it is premature to compare two whole different eras in this manner. For once, we no longer find the need to fight blood thirsty wars, instead we wreak havoc with just a computer. And strength itself is subjective, for example –
“There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
“It gives me strength to have somebody to fight for; I can never fight for myself, but, for others, I can kill.”
― Emilie Autumn, The Asylum for Wayward Victorian Girls
These are two completely different accounts of strength, which drives home further the fact that, what I see as strength is so completely different from what you may perceive of it. But the underlying commonality in all our ideas is that a strong person is one with conviction to stand their ground and the courage to change that conviction if need be.
I do believe however, as a generation of human beings, we are becoming more and more materialistic and vain. Computers and other forms of technologies have actively taken over our lives. But I also see an increasing wave of awareness, a growing wealth of profound knowledge amongst young adults that is refreshingly realistic. Just having this conversation is representative of our understanding and appreciation of strength.
Simply put the times that we live in are tumultuous at best, and while traditional values, conservative outlook has taken a back seat, we are not stuck in chaos, cowering terrified. There is a surge in public awareness and a sort of selflessness, like never seen before is exhibited (of-course, not by all). True strength is shown in all its forms by many young adults around us. As a young adult, I’d say we live in interesting times, and I am definitely looking forward to it.
What do you think? What are your ideas of strength, and where do you think we as a society are heading towards?
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