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February 2018

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“Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD.” “And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.” - Leviticus 19:32; Ephesians 6:4

Comment:

A major area of concern in the world today is that many a time, the youths refuse to listen to their leaders. They accuse their leaders of selfishness and betrayal of trust, of not using the nation's resources to achieve the social and economic ends that make for communal wellbeing. Agitations by youths in search of jobs, education, easy money, social amenities, etc. have led to violent confrontations with the security forces and to intra-ethnic and inter-ethnic hostilities. While it is true that some elders have not lived up to expectation, there should still be those who would stand up for the truth. A situation where youths ignore the experience and wisdom of the elders who are well-meaning, cannot make for progress. When youths take laws into their hands and resort to kidnapping, killings, destruction of property and so on, the danger looms large that such a society would descend into confusion and rightful political authority may give way to bandits and tribal war lords.

Both the elders and the youths in every society should do things in the fear of God so that trust and unity of purpose and progress could be restored where such have broken down.

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