It’s truly ridiculous. And it seems to have gotten worse. Here’s the story behind this. I went for an Art session during the holiday. I happened to be the oldest one there. The next oldest were my cousin Amba and her friend/classmate, Mawusi. Class hadn’t started yet. So I took out my Kindle and continued to read Inkheart for the second time.
There noor, Amba goes crazy. Says—no, exclaims something along the lines of, “You’re reading?!” And I was like, “Yah, reading is life.” And then her whole facial expression turns skeptical and she asks me, “Are you even a teenager? Teenagers don’t read!” Note that this girl is like twelve. Which means that she herself will be a teenager soon, and obviously does not intend to read during those prime years.
But backtrack and hol’ up.
“Teenagers don’t read”? What a hellishly confusticating, confounding statement. What do you mean by teenagers don’t read? What a silly generalization. Is it supposed to mean that teenagers aren’t supposed to read? Or that majority of teenagers don’t read? Or that teenagers don’t LIKE to read? Or maybe all teenagers are illiterate?
Yes, the media is largely to blame for this kind of poisonous indoctrination of innocent children’s minds. BUT. I also blame the teenagers who don’t read. Simply because, how difficult is it to believe a generalized idea when the proof is so widely available? And yet, the widespread of this idea can be blamed on those bananas who think a fraction is a whole.
Since a fraction is not a whole, I am not allowed to take out my frustration on the 21st century kids alone. A few weeks ago, my grandfather told me he was going to clear out some of his agriculture textbooks (he was a soil scientist) from the house and donate them to some school or some university, so that my generation would “do something more useful than azonto.”
Question number one: “WHY in heaven’s name do so many adults think that every movement of the body of an adolescent to a beat is azonto? Is that the only dance that exists in the country? In the world?
Question number two: WHY should it be assumed that once you are young, you are stupid? Yes, we might not have lived as long as you or seen the things you have. But that is no cause to believe we are complete airheads.
Question three: How can you say something like that to the face of a member of the generation you are insulting? And laugh? I bore.
So yeah. The poison in the minds of the youth needs to die. Or else, who knows what they’ll grow up to be? For goodness’ sake, they think they’re SUPPOSED to lie around in bed all day and watch reruns of some silly series (let’s not go into the subject of my series-addiction phases), and complain about being bored. Hellfire! They think it’s like standard requirement for teendom or something.
Kill. The. Poison.
Also, for your information, Grandpa: I can’t azonto. So ha.