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9 differences between our parents’ generation and ours

A few days back, I wrote this article in which I touched about why our parents’ generation doesn’t like art that much. It got me wondering though; it’s not just about art. As a generation, there are so many ways in which we are different from our parents. 

Most of us would like to say that we’re better, while some other aadarsh balaks with the Baghban virus may say that our parents’ generation is simply incapable of having flaws. I think it would be better to point out the differences first and then make a call. Heads up though, this may read like a massive generalization, and it is. But that doesn’t mean it is not true. Actually, read for yourself and then decide.

Let’s do this.

  1. Authority

authority

 

Our parents love authority. Love it. When it comes to authority or rather, authority figures, our parents are much less likely to question it. They give respect to the authority, fear it even. They’ll do things without questioning if it comes from a person that they regard as an authority figure. And when they themselves reach that place, they expect the same too. That’s why you can see so many parents (especially Asian parents) complaining that their children don’t respect them enough. That they ‘question’ too much.

It’s true. As a generation, we are more likely to question everyone, especially if someone is an authority. Because we need to know that apart from being older, what else credibility does the authority have. Most parents don’t like us questioning them, because they’ve never questioned their parents. What they don’t realize is that for us, questioning does not mean disrespecting the person.

 

  1. Hard Work

Hard Work

 

I am not saying that we are lazy, but our parents’ generation is simply ahead when it comes to working hard. To do a task, our generation tends to find a way that takes the least effort, which can be a good thing as it opens the door to explore new ways. But let’s face it, more often than not, it causes delays. But our parents don’t shy away from hard work. It may not be the most time-efficient way every time, but they get it done. That’s one thing we can definitely learn from them.

 

  1. Change

Change

 

This one is pretty relevant today. All the debates are about this, all major political discussions are about this. Our parents’ generation doesn’t like change, period. They don’t like trying new things, they don’t like breaking old norms, they don’t like reforming old rules and values; so that they can be made more suitable to the current times. They don’t like to change their beliefs. Well, no one does. But we as a generation, are more open to change. We don’t cling to our beliefs that hard. Whereas if you try to change our parents’ beliefs, they can turn hostile.

 

  1. Society

Society

 

Our parents are very much part of this society. They also have this sense of ‘pride’ in a societal context. We don’t have that. We can’t care less about the society or what it thinks of us. But our parents can sometimes care more about other people than their own children. They judge others and that’s why people judge them. They also have this notion that other people have to play it by their rules. Which is why you see a lot of people in their mid-fifties judging people younger than them for their choice of clothes, sexual preference, political views, and even humor.

 

  1. Patience

 

Patience is something we do NOT have. We live in a world without wait. We can’t wait for anything. We always need it now, not later. Our parents, on the other hand, have patience in an abundance. They can wait for things, without getting anxious – something that we as a generation is slowly forgetting. Even our technology is shaping us to become more impatient. We can’t watch >1-minute long video or a 500-word article (please read this one though). Our parents can do that with ease. That’s a really nice quality to have, in my opinion. It gives a sense of calm before taking a decision. Patience is really the key.

 

  1. Respect

Respect

 

This may sound like I am piggybacking point number 1, but I believe it’s an entire criterion in itself. Of all the big talk that our parents do about respect, they have very little of it. Our parents’ generation mostly respect authority figures only. They don’t usually respect people who are younger and/or financially and socially weaker than them. The whole concept of ‘status’ is quite deep-rooted in their minds. They also don’t have any respect for other people’s opinions, if it’s something that they don’t agree with.

 

  1. Courage

Courage

 

You have to give this to the parents. They have seen things that most of us can’t even imagine, and they still managed to hold the position that they do. This doesn’t mean that we are scared little snowflakes, it’s just that they have been through struggle –  financial, emotional and societal struggle, from the very start. Their families were broken, they had little money (relatively), and many of them ran away from home when they were young. They also didn’t have this much convenience, they had lesser security, and yet they didn’t give up. They took it head on, and still managed to build empires.  

 

  1. Relationships

Relationships

 

Our parents really like the relationships in their lives, even when they don’t. ‘Family first’ is what they’ve always taught us. They consider relationships important, sometimes too much for their own good. Many of them are absolutely miserable with their relationships because they are afraid to let go. They have a hard time breaking relationships and letting people go, even if they are toxic. We, as a generation, are more open to that, if it means taking care of ourselves. But this can be bad too. While it’s good to think about ourselves, this very mentality is the reason behind weak relationships. We are more likely to leave a relationship than work on it. Our parents take care of relationships better than us.

 

  1. Greed

Greed

 

This is perhaps the most important criterion of all. While others were more on an individual level, this one is more on a global level. Our parents’ greed has ruined us. It has ruined the system. Hell, it’s ruining the planet. Their greed for more money, more power, more control has made the world a ticking time bomb. I am not saying we are the most honest or selfless generation of people to ever walk the planet, but still, our greed pales in comparison to theirs. Their greed has butchered children, massacred people, destroyed countries, and killed the world. They can do anything to stay in power, even if it means killing their own humanity.

I know that I am oversimplifying things. People are more complex than mere 9 points. It’s also possible that I may be entirely wrong. After all, there are no facts here, just observations. If you disagree, let’s have a healthy discussion. Because some intelligent guy has just said that we are more open to ideas.

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12 hilarious posts by ‘you know who’s’ IT Cell that our parents believed

In our country, a particular party’s IT cell has been quite notorious for circulating fake news and pushing propaganda. Some of them are so damn obvious that it’s painful to see them even try telling these lies. However, most of our parent’s are quite open-minded when it comes to accepting these so-called ‘news’ and facts.

One could only wonder how our parents decide what to believe or not. By some twisted logic, Whatsapp is a more credible source than their own son. It’s moments like these that make you feel that you are adopted. But as the joke goes, “Agar adopt karna hota to tujhe kyun lete” makes me sure that I am their own majboori.

So, children of gullible parents, let’s have a look at some things that the IT cell made them believe:

 

1. Note mein chip

Nano chip

 

Demonetisation was a weird time man. On one side you people dying outside ATMs, and on the other, you have people like explaining to you how the ‘nano-chip’ in our pinky 2000 rupee note works.

 

2. Apne baap ka UNESCO

best_currency_unesco

 

UNESCO even declared the 2000 rupee note as the ‘best currency in the world’ (God knows what that meant). Anyway, I am very proud to be an Indian, and you?

 

3. UNESCO returns

Best-PM

 

UNESCO declared so many things in the past 4 years that it felt less like UNESCO and more like Star Parivaar awards. As if the best currency award wasn’t enough, it also declared Modi ji as the best PM in the world. Feeling prod.

 

4. Rare Diamond and Doshi Naagin

doshi_naagin

 

Whoever came up with this was one lazy troll. Not because Modi’s new anagram had one letter missing, because it’s so childish that it makes even 5th graders look edgier.

 

5. Demonetization’s shocking secret (You won’t believe)

shocking_secret_demonetisation

 

Pakistan was ready to print 15 trillion of Indian currency notes with 5 presses. When Modi ji got to know about it, he decided to do notebandi as a ‘F**k you, ab kya kar lega’ to Pakistan. Even Rahul Gandhi knew about it, because all of a sudden he is a credible source to go to.

 

6. Nostradamus died again

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This is a long one, but worth the read. Not only Nostradamus wrote that ‘Ram Rajya is coming’, he also predicted tenure of Modi as PM. But wait, there’s more. These people somehow justified Modi leaving his wife by comparing him to Buddha and Mahaveer. IS IT JUST COINCIDENCE OR HISTORY REPEATING ITSELF.

 

7. Saptrishi Nagamani

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Bitcoin was all the fad. So how could IT cell let go of such a fine opportunity? Enter Saptrishi Nagamani, the founder of Bitcoin and chaddi buddy of our PM.

 

8. Robert Downey Jr. fight with the Mullas

robert_downey_jr_

 

Yes, our very own Iron Man is a victim of these Muslim fanatics because he is a kattar Hindu. Oh, did I mention he had a shivling in his heart?

 

9. Slave I Remain

slave_i_remain

 

 

This was made when even the IT Cell people got bored. Muslims weren’t doing much, other political parties were doing their usual “This morning, I woke up at night” thing. So, In order to create a villain, they went to our all-time favorite enemies, the British. To show the ‘goras’ as the villain, they took the first thing they could think of and went full retard.

 

10. ATMs close because Pakistan

atms_because_pakistan

 

Yes, this one is fresh! When our bankers went to strike a few days back, the IT cell decided to do something about it. And by God, they did.

 

11. All great people are Indian because f*ck you

great_indian_philosophers

 

I fear the man who can say that Confucius’s real name was Karnaphool Singh and Aristotle was Haristuti Lal.

 

12. Bhosadike

bhosadike

 

This one is an obvious troll and not by the IT Cell (at least I hope it’s not) but it’s funny as hell.

But my favourite one, the one that is actually close to my heart will always be this kudrat ka karishma-

Modi-in-waterfall

 

And there you have it. Let me know if I missed anyone. Feeling prod as an Indian.

– forwarded as received.

 

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