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“The future of the world belongs to the youth of the world, and it is from the youth and not from the old that the fire of life will warm and enlighten the world. It is your privilege to breathe the breath of life into the dry bones of many around you”-Tom Mann

Undoubtedly, the youth are a very constructive pillar of a nation as they play a vital role in the development of society.

If we look back into history, we will find that there were many instances when the youth with their enthusiasm, hard work, and diligence, revolutionised their societies.

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From the Parkland students  to the Arab Spring, youth has a history of pushing social changes forward. Unfortunately, our youth in Pakistan are not on right direction now, and are going towards chaos.

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Their ideals, instincts, ideas, temperament and even patriotism which they used to have, is no longer reflected in their character. They are becoming hollow.  

To some extent, the negative use of social media is responsible for such behaviour. A large number of young people are becoming attracted to tiktokers and follow vulgar content being constantly broadcast on such social media platforms.

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With that in mind, social and moral values are disappearing in our youth. They have lost the purpose of their lives as they try to find comfort. Even, they are not bothered to think about their future, the country and the nation are far away.

Furthermore, education has become a burden to our youth and they consider it as a formality for getting job.

During this lockdown, we saw best example of this, when most of the students were happy on closure of educational institutions.

Therefore, we need to take some healthy steps for their betterment and make them aware of their responsibilities. Proper counselling of young people can teach them how to differentiate between good and bad for themselves.

Guiding them in their critical times is not only important for our youth but also for the whole society. So, if we manage to put them on the right path, there is no doubt that one day they will be a source of pride not only for their families but for the whole society.

About the writer:

Wajid Gilani  is a student of BS English literature at University of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Muzaffarabad.

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