By Ronald Wese
In these recent times, thriving in the atmosphere of success has become an essential part of life. Access to education, strong work ethics, the rise of social media, and technological advancements are some of the vital factors that have immensely contributed to the success of young people today.
With the explosion of information, the desire to explore amongst the youth has grown at an exponential rate. Having these factors in mind, one may think that it's easier for young people to navigate and pierce through the pressures of life. That might not be the case.
"Last November, a 22-year-old man was arrested in Bomet- a town located in Kenya's Rift Valley - for hacking 481 bank accounts and making away with $400 000," a report by Quartz indicated.
We have heard cases where young people wallow in fake gold scams and bogus cryptocurrency deals. Some masquerade to be academic writers, coating up their unlawful acts.
Recently, several groups of young men and women queued in the streets of Kenya's capital Nairobi. Reason? They had heard through social media that World Coin was offering free money so long as they got their irises scanned.
Most of these youngsters are unable to feed their desires through some of these aspects stated. This generates a gap between those leading a sustainable life and those who don't. A modern battle.
In as much as technology has brought the world close and paved the way for early success, it has increased the distance between people. Modern-day youngsters lack contentment because of running after material things for happiness. They constantly fight the urge to be on par with their peers. Regrettably, they are impelled to engage in illegal and vacuous ways to equate to that way of life.
On the other hand, society has placed high expectations on these youngsters to achieve certain standards or acquire validation. The direct consequence of this at a younger age might be dissatisfaction and discontentment.
With this inclination, is the future still safe in their hands? If not, how best then can we evade this predicament? How best then can we improve our young people's mental resilience and well-being globally?
"The Wheels of Prosperity" by Dr. John Toro and Kasim Bushi quotes "Most societies today are challenged by a get rich quick syndrome, particularly amongst the youth. This unlawful get-rich-quick syndrome is unsocial, uneconomical, unreasonable, untenable, and even ungodly".
While we contemplate this, the big question still remains, why the zeal?