We were enjoying the beautiful evening sitting on a bench. Many old couples like us were also there, some were sitting others were walking. The park was alive but not as it used to be before. Something was missing.
“Remember that time?” I said while observing a kid playing alone with his ball.
“The time?” he managed a reply while looking at his phone.
“Yes, when we were kids. Everything was so exciting and new.” I said cheerfully.
“Things are still exciting, your perception must have gotten dull.. may be,” he said putting his phone aside.
“No, I’m not talking about us but I’m worried about the kids.”
“What is there to be worried about?” he asked dubiously.
I pointed at the young man playing alone with his ball. “Look at him! Earlier there used to be gangs of such kids and those gangs used to challenge each other for matches. This park used to be full of colours. Children all over playing with each other. There were outdoor games.”
“I understand what you’re trying to say, but why there is any need to worry?”
“Don’t you think that technology has taken over their childhood. What will be the condition of our future generation. These social networking sites have made them less social in actual.”
“No no.. You’re taking it all in a different manner,” he said. “Time has changed and kids have become more advanced. How can you expect them to be same as we were.”
“We had a life but.”
“So do they. It’s just that their life and mode of fun differs from us. There’s no big deal. You should be proud to see that this generation knows the usage of technology so well.”
“What about basic happiness,” I asked. “They don’t know how to find happiness in small little things. They cry if their playstation is not the latest, we used to cry if we couldn’t get the fancy stationary.”
“See, that’s what I’m talking about. The basic nature is same but demands have changed with time.”
“No outdoor game interests them,” I said.
“But they are all the masters of indoor games,” he replied and grinned.
“ha! call it inBox game instead,” I showed frustration.
“Come on..don’t be so judgemental. According to them we had no life and they are having the best days. In real all the times are good, it just needs the right attitude to mend ourselves according to what time has to offer us.”
I gave him a nod and continued looking at that kid…
7 thoughts on “Our Perceptions”
This would make an excellent editorial. It really is thought provoking. Without telling the reader what to think, you presented a wonderful argument for how technology has made a child’s world so different, and so much lonelier than ours was. Without wisdom and joy and relationships, all the knowledge seems useless. I loved the dialogue.
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Whenever I look at children playing on playstations or clicking beautiful pictures for updating rather than enjoying the beauty of that very moment, this thought intrigues me.
I’m glad you liked it. Thank you! 🙂
You really captured how generational differences create large and small conundrums among us. We want to understand each other but we just can’t seem to get there. 😉
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You’re right! Generation gap is something that cannot be reduced.
Very good point, this has made me think! I often worry that childhood just isn’t the same these days and the younger generations are missing out, but perhaps I’m just biased… 🙂
I love it. Sounds like a conversation I often have with my younger family members.
Good dialogue and to the point, yet thought provoking.