"Children and young people today are luxurious"
It is a statement that has been told by many people for over 10 years since I started this work.
But I strongly disagree with this statement.
Certainly, there used to be times when people couldn't go to school or eat enough food. However, back then, if you worked hard, there was "hope" ahead of you. With a rapid economic growth, if you went to a high school or university, you basically found a stable path to retirement through lifetime employment. In addition, your company took all the social insurance procedures for you and even after retirement, your pension was guaranteed.
In the past, if you went to a high school or university, hope and stability awaited you—
the period of high economic miracle.
Unlike the past, today's children and young people, even if they go on to a university or graduate school, are facing a very unstable era. With no lifetime employment and many non-regular employments, social insurance is not always guaranteed. In a current economic situation, it is necessary for both men and women to work, but sometimes they have to stop working because of childbirth, childcare, and long-term care. They are forced to decide whether leave work or force themselves to work and abandon childcare and long-term care to certain extent. Advances in medical technology has extended the life of human, but even if you are paying a national pension, it is no longer guaranteed you will receive it when you are old; therefore, people might have to continue to work even after the age of 60.
Children and young people live every day without finding answers to these questions: "Why do people work hard?” and "Why do people live?" The high suicide rate of children and adolescents, and school refusal and withdrawal are the screams of children who are suffering from their current situation.
If we say the period of high economic miracle is the era of sprinting, which focuses on high school or college and the few years after employment, today's children and young people are in the era of full marathon without guarantee. The "guts" and "efforts" of the period of high economic miracle is no longer rewarded. Today is an era in which you can be out of breath and mentally pressured. We must grasp how much the society have changed between the past and the present in the first place.
We lack adults who listen to the screams of today’s children, take care of children by understanding what kind of era they are living and what kind of suffering they have, and are not stuck with the common sense of the past. Families and schools are also screaming. Do you think only family and school have to protect and make children happy? Nothing will change if we still leave the responsibilities to the family and school.
Throughout my 10 years of career in this field, I've met many adults who have been hurting children by abusing, using corporal punishment, and more.
After meeting more and more of those adults, I started to think it’s not just their responsibilities. Who caused them to act like that? I think they result from unconscious act of every one of us.
There is a saying: "children are treasures of a society." No one but children and young people can create the future.
Adults are the people who can give the future and hope to children with full of despair. We cannot put any more load on our children's families and schools. What we can do is to minimize their load as much as possible, but still give our children what they need. However, we cannot continue to do that by ourselves.
Please support the children with us.