Sunday, April 18, 2010

The young find 'self' on the book shelf

Up to a point, a man's life is shaped by environment, heredity and movements and changes in the world about him. Then, there comes a time when it lies within his grasp to shape the clay of his life into the sort of thing he wishes to be. Only the weak blame parents, their race, their times, lack of good fortune, or the quirks of fate. Everyone has it within his power to say, "This I am today; that I will be tomorrow." 
— Louis L'Amour, author

Youth comes with more than its fair share of confusion, anxiety and strife, internal and external. It is a universal feeling. The young spend most of their time 'figuring things out', across nationalities and cultures. They are not called young and restless without reason.

Evolutionary biology tells us it is not youth's fault per se; it is the new hormones surging around the body, which it is trying to get used to. Sociologically speaking, the confusion results from not being a child anymore and beginning the long journey to adulthood. Some counsellors blame the confusion on the young's newfound freedom. It was well said that youth would be an ideal state if it came a little later in life. So are the young just too young to be able to handle the problems of youth?

Full report here Times of India 

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