Generation XYZ: Think about the generation immediately younger or older than you. What do you understand least about them — and what can you learn from them?
The younger or the older – some are way ahead, some way behind. I feel we are in the middle.
Globalization, though a new term is not as new a concept as one might think, it existed a long time ago as well. Earlier, it was not known for its global impacts because, it was simply called trade; which everyone knows took place between various countries. Trade (or business as we would call it today) was the one and only way of knowing, learning and possessing new things. This made a way for acquiring everything and anything that was foreign, new, unknown, and most of all fascinating.
People involved in trade were always seen as more experienced of the outside world compared to any other person. This held true for anyone who went on voyages as well. They conquered the impossible and were known for it because, it was not as easy as it is today, to reach a new place on the map; an uncharted territory meant having to deal with colossal amounts of problems.
As history tells us – many gave up, some did not, and those who strived through all the struggles stood tall and proud, and are known till date for their contribution in what we today know as globalization. Slowly and steadily this led to modernism.
Times changed, for everything could have only gotten better with it passing by, and today we have reached a point where the world is in our palm – the gift of science, a “present” from the past – the internet! Well, when we talk of science, we say the world is only accelerating and reaching new heights – every day making our big planet a global village of sorts.
We are now tightly knit and virtually connected than ever and so is the flow of information, very fast and easily available that is. This is not only beneficial in terms of economics of a country but helps us stay updated with the new happenings in the other side of the world, mostly developed countries – the trend setters, the policy makers etc.
We used our knowledge of science and math, did experiments on it, and created super computers, smart phones, and artificial intelligence. That is a tech savvy talk, but for someone concerned with human values, the technology has made people less more frequent on visiting or meeting each other, it has made people more dependent on machines and lazy, but who is to debate on that? Nothing is harmful until it is not in excess, right?
But with the use of technology, what is excess? With all the good information available at the tip of our fingertips, how far away is the wrong information? Learning about all that is hip and new is the talk of every town, but how much of modernism is fine with our cultural beliefs? We might think that we are moving ahead and standing shoulder to shoulder with the whole world, but how much of our population is an actual part of this new world?
You answer these questions and you would realize that the world we know is advance and modern but being modern never meant to move ahead alone. The young ones are far more accepting of everything and anything regardless of what they believe in and the old ones can be a little stubborn about their beliefs.
Being modern means to be a human first and with benevolence carry everyone along in this long journey because, like the olden times, it is still a voyage into a better tomorrow. While in reality, my generation (of the twenties) is the hanging in the middle and in a way enjoying the best of both worlds.