childhood nostalgia

jackie estrada (@jackjack1995) 8 years, 10 months ago

Is it just me, or does it seem like the older generation is acting like the kid and the younger generation is acting like the adults. Not in a bad way, but look at society: the younger generation like 14-8 year old need to have the coolest phone on the market and need to wear skimpy clothes and make-up. I mean, boys will be boys and would want the nicest toy to play with and girls are going to want to play dress up, but to what extent? Myself graduating this coming June am happy with a juice box, some animal crackers, and the radio playing. It brings back childhood memories, just imagine what is going to happen when those 8 year old want to reminisce on their childhood…. But who’s fault is it for this role reversal madness, is it human error or is society the blame for it?

January 30, 2013 at 9:32 pm
Selina (53) (@selina) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@jackjack1995, Ah…
I’ve come across a similar thought as yours. Childhood nostalgia is one of my most favorite (if not thee favorite) feelings that come across my body. Nothing but the most indescribable dream could compare. Yet, I then reflect on how children are being raised nowadays to almost live as adults as you’ve mentioned. You no longer seal the borders of imagination in your 20’s but by the time you are allowed technological outlets rather than whole interactive experiences.

Of course this is only a generalization of sorts, but more so than pointing out this new dysfunction of childhood nostalgia it saddens me.
The imaginations of children whom are stolen by society. They will never understand…as we will never understand as the ones who have came before us. Yet, what is transcendent is the element of dreaming which is a keystone to youth. It’s what keeps us enduring through adulthood; to navigate away from the superficiality of what life can be.

Anyways…humans are society as society is one human. We are to blame.

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FlyingWishPaper (0) (@psmayen1013) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@jackjack1995,
I think we’ve robbed kids of their childhood, and I think the problem is that people have stopped celebrating what it means to be a kid. We make kids want to grow up much faster, so they can be ‘cool’ like their older siblings, or like the pretty girl they saw on TV.

So they forget about being a kid. They forget about playing with toys, and instead want to have relationships. They don’t want to play dress up anymore, they want to be able to wear the clothing every day. I mean, if you’re a little kid, and no one in your family wants to play doll house or have adventures with you and your toys, why would you? And if this is happening with all your friends, and they don’t want to play with toys, why would you?

I think the problem is that society has not only stopped celebrating childhood, but also forgotten what it means to be a kid and have an imagination. With the recession and political problems and work problems, people have just forgotten, and so the kids suffer. I think the generation that was born before 2000 was the last generation to celebrate childhood, and that makes me sad. In the end, I think society is to blame.

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Anonymous (177) (@) 8 years, 10 months ago ago

@jackjack1995, So much is directed towards the child, especially via all the various media and the electronic gadgets, as well as pressure to “grow-up” way too fast. They are not given enough time to be kids until they have to take on this or that “responsibility” – heck, at younger ages than us, it seems, they have to get themselves home from school, fed and the like. Every damned thing is about being in a hurry these days. Well, life is not about “hurry” and the time-idea we are all slaves to isn’t even real to begin with. These little natural beings are indoctrinated into the misguided, sad hustle and bustle of the adult world way too early. Consider: http://happiness-is-the-natural-state.blogspot.com/2013/01/innocence-of-child.html

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