Degradation of moral values among the younger generation is an emerging issue. Moral values are the worthy ideals or principles that one follows to distinguish the right from the wrong. These ideals or virtues are considered worthy in building up the character of an individual. Moral values are something that teaches us good virtues, including honesty, truthfulness, kindness, integrity, helpfulness, compassion, love, respect for others, hard-work, co-operation, forgiveness etc. The youngsters or adolescents are the future of tomorrow. Moreover, youth power is the driving force of a nation. But, now a day’s youth is adversely diverted towards different immoral activities. If we want to see India as a well established and respected country in the eyes of the world, it is crucial to think over this issues affecting our future generation who is responsible for building a brighter future. The factors affecting this degradation could be, influence of nuclear families and materialistic way of life, breakdown of parental control of children in the families, influence of peer groups, gender bias, attraction of change or modernization, influence of mass media, lacking of learning positive atmosphere at school, lacking of co-curricular activities based on moral values, dirty politics, desire of self-exhibition, lack of academic syllabus related to human values, blind following of western culture, present examples of success in the society lacking moral values etc. Considering these factors and brainstorming against fighting these affecting factors is the earnest duty of every responsible citizen of the society.
Prof. Hetal Desai
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