Our Youth Reflect the Truth of Society

A couple of photos shared at a Universal Medicine event day recently got me seriously pondering on a few topics around teenagers from the past, and in today’s society. One photo was of a group of young adults from the 1960’s/70’s who looked at ease with each other, had genuine smiles on their faces, were of a healthy weight range and had a naturalness and openness in their bodies – there was no trying to ‘be anything else’ in them. The second photo was of a group of youths from today. In this photo there was a feeling of unease, a great deal of trying to ‘fit in’, to perpetuate an image, to look cool, and the biggest thing that stood out for me was the ‘to get noticed’ energy, almost in a competitive way. The feeling in both of these photos and what they depicted of the youth back then and of today were of stark contrast – quite a shock really to see so blatantly in front of my eyes.

The question came… what do we as a society today live, walk around with and consider to be ‘the norm’, when in fact it is very far from natural? The first photo felt very natural and the second photo felt like it had stepped a mile of steps away from natural. For our youth to look and feel like they do in the second photo, the lie we are living today as a whole society really, was incontrovertible when both photos were side by side. I say whole society because the teens in the second photo are a product of our society and everything with that, which is inclusive of everything from parenting, to education, to images, expectations, to ways of relating, to role models, in the ideals, beliefs and perceptions taken on by many… and the list is never ending but definitely food for thought.

As the saying goes, ‘a picture tells a thousand words’ and these photos not only spoke about what was happening in that moment in time when the camera went ‘click,’ but of the society and ‘whole of life’ around each set of youths in these past and present time periods. The teens in the first photo seemed joyful, playful, at ease within themselves and definitely with each other. It felt like they were solid, knew who they were, felt comfortable to relate and that their youth/teen/young adult years were about the building of a foundation to be steady, supportive and committed to life as adults. Yet the second photo said none of this, but did share a feeling that the teen years were a time of being ‘lost from self’ years. The youths in this photo looked and felt like they were struggling with life, unstable as in not settled and without true confidence in their bodies or selves, hence the need to try and get themselves noticed.

These photos are only 30-40 years apart, yet what they communicate about the way of life around each set of youths and our responsibility as a whole society is enormous and something for us as all to consider. The fact is that this is not something that can be turned around in a day, nor is it something that burying our heads in the sand with thinking it’s not our problem or that it will sort itself out will fix either. So then what is our responsibility in all this?

Consider the possibility that these teens of today are showing this ‘lost-ness’ and all the behaviours that go with that because that is exactly what has been reflected to them. These photos indicate that there has been a deterioration in us, humanity, one step at a time, one choice at a time, for this stark contrast to be evident. It is also true to say that the truth, naturalness and confirmation of the way back to being at ease in our bodies, of who we are, can be instilled one step at a time and with one choice at a time too.

Could it be as simple as us each taking the responsibility for ourselves – reflecting who we truly are to others, being in our joy in life, supporting ourselves and nourishing our bodies, being deeply caring in the way we relate with others, meeting our young with true love first, giving others space to be in their natural way, appreciating everything in life, confirming the truth of who we are and what we bring and living a committed and purposeful life that supports the all.

If we each took this responsibility, then how would our teens even have the space to not know and want to live their greatness? Our teens would feel fully equipped and at ease to be just who they are, with no hesitation or excuse to calibrate their grandness. We would see and feel our teens expressing in full from their hearts, in their conversations, the way they carry themselves, the sparkle in their eyes and the bounce in their step, the way they relate to and treat others, the decency and respect they would hold themselves in and therefore all others. We would feel and see the full package of Love, the greatness of who we are then also reflected back through our teens.

By Johanna Smith, Bachelor of Education (Major Special Needs, Minor Psychology), Graduate Certificate of Early Childhood, Studying Diploma of Counselling, Esoteric Complementary Health Practitioner, Woman, Teacher, Mother, Wife and Friend

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508 thoughts on “Our Youth Reflect the Truth of Society

  1. Allowing ourselves to be aware that life and it’s many ways have become more wayward when we denature our relationship with our essences as well as nature, and this is the only contributor to our ills! Could this be why society is struggling to claim the True ❤️Love we all come from and thus suffer in a love-less society?

  2. The energy of love and joy is all around and available to us all but so is the energy of distraction, competition and comparison. Those who have reconnected to love and joy have a responsibility to inspire those around them, young and old, to feel the magnificence that is on offer and ever present.

  3. What is also being shown to us is that the youth of today want everything now, for example a friend of mine 40 years ago self funded his passion for flying took all his type ratings etc., became a flying instructor to build his hours in the cockpit. Then he self funded his commercial license to fly the commercial jets, managed to get a position flying as P2 (second pilot) for an Airline, P1 being the captain. This happened over a series of years say 5-6 years and many flight hours until he became a captain himself. Now the aircraft manufactures are being asked to build Aero planes that anyone can fly. It seem the younger generation of up and coming pilots do not want to go through such training and may be the Airlines do not want to pay so much for all the training that is involved to reach a standard of competency in the cockpit. My question is how much lower are we prepared to go with our standards of living. To me we seem to be dropping all standards and when that happens surely chaos rules.

    1. A big part of the problem is that we want what we want now, so many of us can’t really be bothered to do much to gain anything, we want to be having what we want immediately and a lot of what we want is what we see as the glitz and the glamour of life. But the glitz and the glamour of life is all smoke and mirrors, a one dimensional facade that delivers nothing other than very temporary distraction.

  4. Thank you Johanna, we could say we are returning to the past as what you have shared we were more aware and alive to our essences in the past and if we have lived it before we can return to it and could this be how we are to evolve? And “appreciating everything in life” becomes our responsibility to understand we are more than this physical vessel and are the most divine being when re-connected to our essences.

    1. We have been everything before and we will return to being that everything again, however as the Everything is always expanding we shall all return to being even more than we were before. Magnificent isn’t it?

      1. Greg it takes a lot of constant effort to not expand, a bit like permanently having to hold onto roots at the side of a river to prevent ourselves from being taken downstream by the current.

      2. Thank you Alexis, and exploring what you have shared, as currently we do leave the flood Gates open to the most amazing distractions with the hope we will find some drift wood to save us, when the heavens and constellations are with us all the way.

  5. “These photos are only 30-40 years apart, yet what they communicate about the way of life around each set of youths and our responsibility as a whole society is enormous and something for us as all to consider.” It seems to be important to be more aware about the fact that we as a society are changing in a way that we went away from ourselves and did not notice it – your blog is very much needed Johanna.

  6. I recently saw some photos of some young friends of mine and they looked vital, and the word has to be joyful as their faces were lit up with that sense of joy of just having fun and laughing for the sheer pleasure it brings to the body. So for me there are still young and older people who have this vitality, I feel it very much depends on how they live.

  7. As a race, we humans are influenced and stamped with the decade that we were 10 years old and that was mirrored by the music of those same periods. How do we affect the world around us when we are 50?

  8. Everyone of us holds a responsibility in society with our reflection. And if there is an area of dysfunction, then it is about ensuring first and foremost that our reflection is clear and leading the way. For it is by living as a true role model that we can inspire another to do like wise. We cannot change another directly and it should never be about that, but we can work on deepening our connection and hence our reflection so that the other is always reminded of what they have a choice over.

    1. The term ‘true role model’ is a tricky one because ‘both sides’ i.e. the pranic consciousness and the divine consciousness put forward their own versions of what being a true role model looks like and the trouble is that most of the world is fooled by the pranic version. For example there are many athletes and people with physical disabilities doing the ‘motivational circuit’, they are seen as ‘true role models’ but in truth aren’t and the reason why they’re not is because they are unaware of the fact that there are two impulsing energies in life and a true role model will always know that the only way to truly inspire another is to inspire them through their own movements to re-connect to the consciousness of The Divine. There is nothing else to be done in Life other than to inspire and support others to return, that truly is it.

  9. Looking back in time through photos or through history, we get to realise that time is a marker that allows us to see if we have actually evolved. Sadly the snapshots of the past compared to the snapshots of today show much more intensity and tension in people in life. We may like to focus on the technology and the buildings and even clothes and hair styles but are these really the markers of evolution if people are more stressed and sick today than they ever have been? There is much here to ponder on, and requires a humbleness and an honesty if we are to really feel what is needed.

  10. Interesting to consider that the youth in the first older photo were the generation who went on to parent the group in the more recent photo. So what happened there?

  11. I reckon it is always a good thing to ask what is being shown to all of us by any part of our society being dysfunctional rather than blaming or judging or criticising anyone.

    1. Well said Andrew – for be it a family, a large group, a community etc, it is only ever as strong as its so called weakest link. So if there is a family member, or a section of the community etc that is dysfunctional, then this needs to be explored and understood.

      1. Henrietta I agree with what you say and it is a great reminder that as a community we are only as strong as the weakest link. So that if people act from selfish gain then that’s what we get because this is what we have allowed.

  12. In the presence of a toddler and his mother the other day, I could see the child was already ‘lost from himself’ and wandered about aimlessly and restlessly in the waiting room. The mother, attached to her mobile phone was also switched off as she watched a soap on the screen and with what appeared to be little regard to how the child was behaving. The seeds of true nurturing of children starts when they are still very young, and never should a mobile device and screen time take precedence over a child’s well-being.

  13. Humanity acts surprised and even shocked when the reality hits our face as if it was not expected, but really, honestly, when we have a closer look at what we each are choosing for our every moment of life, everything that is happening in the world today just makes sense. We are seeing and living the consequences of our own previous choices. I guess that is why so many of us resist those much needed stop moments to truly feel where we are at.

  14. Technology becoming faster and fancier is often presented with pride as evidence of how humanity is advancing. Yet if we truly observed and acknowledged what is happening on the human front that illusion would be blown out of the water.

  15. This is a much-needed conversation and awareness to be brought to our attention as a humanity in terms of questioning where we are at and what quality of life are we really championing. From what you have expressed here the question rises in me – why do we as a society today live, walk around with our eyes and senses so shut down that we are not seeing and witnessing the degree of abuse we are allowing the become our ‘normal’ living standards? Are we so willing to avoid seeing the irresponsibility of our choices and the impact this has on not only us but our children and our future? We have every opportunity to be the change society needs, to raise the standards we live by through embracing honesty and the willingness to honor love. This is each of our responsibility and being part of humanity.

    1. We have to remember that society is engineered so we remain shut down and insular. Through food, entertainment and electronic devices offered 24/7, many become numbed and senseless In this way the economic system continues and thrives. With too much awareness many more people see the world as it truly is and choose to step away from the mainstream living.

    2. Yes it is moments of stop and reflection such as the one presented in this blog that make us really question are we truly advancing as a species?

      1. If advancing is galloping away from ourselves then yes, we are advancing. But if advancing is returning back to the truth of who we all are already then unfortunately we’re stalling.

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