AN OLD FRIEND yesterday told me about his doubts on the attitude of the present generation of youths in this country.
His sharp observation was based on a high school outing during which a group of about 70 ‘A’ Level students went to climb one of the hills on a small islet on the Brunei river.
It wasn’t that tough a climb as the 4095 metres (13,435 ft) high Mount Kinabalu in neighbouring Sabah but even so only 40 of the students (aged between 17 and 19) dared to challenge themselves to conquer their fear. The other 30 teenagers would rather hanged out at the foot of the not-so-high hilly terrain in the mangrove swamp, instead of trying to climb all the way.
My friend said that he was surprised at such lame fighting spirit of the Bruneian youths. His small observation of that particular case got me thinking what has happened to the sense of adventure amongst the younger generation these days. When I was their age, I set out alone to climb Mount Kinabalu from Brunei only to join other climbers once I reached the Sabah National Park.
I think it’s all in the mind. The only way these young people can change their attitude is by adopting some kind of critical thinking skills. Such skills aren’t being taught in schools, I presume.
In my viewpoint, thinking in itself is not an art. It is a skilful act of observation. To think wisely is to use all of the God-given Sixth Sense. Sensitivity is thinking subtly in diplomacy. Silent thinking is the best form of thoughts. To think logically is to reason out with all intensity. Intent focus is thinking deeply in concentration. I guess such kind of thinking only leads to positive attitude driven by passion… 😉
I was only too glad to know that one of those students who completed the climb was a niece of mine who sat for her ‘A’ Level exams last month. And fortunately for her, she’s quite good at Maths. My hope and prayer for her is she’ll pass her exams to enable her to apply for a Government scholarship for a degree course next year, Amin! 🙂