By Ganesh Subramanian
Warning: If you are one of those who agree with one of the many mind-numbing facebook posts which say that maturity does not depend on age, then read this article no further. Try telling that to your mom or dad – “You know what mom/dad. I don’t think you are mature enough to understand me”.
This post is based on a request from one of my classmates who got pissed off with his project teammates as to how much immature can they be and asked me to write an article on immaturity.As I have also been and continue to be at the receiving end of this generational disorder, I decided to pen down by thoughts. Immaturity levels, as it stands today, have been the bane of the current and mostly the next generation. It is a well known fact that as one ages more, the wiser he/she becomes. The simple theory behind this is that as a person ages, he starts to understand things in a multitude of perspectives and his comprehension of issues, his logic in his arguments all move to the next level. He/She does not react to situations but responds to them.
The current working population and those in their 30s can reflect back on their days when they were raw and young in their 20s. They can surely find that they were much more mature and responsible in their early 20s between 18 and 25 years of age, in comparison with their contemporary counterparts who are in their 20s now. The state of immaturity in today’s younger generation, especially those in their early 20s, is appalling.
Let us look at some characteristics of this immature group:
- Talking unnecessarily for everything and anything even if it’s uncalled for
- Failure in understanding how to maintain decorum in offices and other public places
- Blunt on the face replies if they do not like something. Politeness, apparently, is a forgotten word in their dictionary, if ever there existed one.
- It’s either my way or the highway attitude!
- They don’t care about hurting others, but if they are hurt by others then they want to bring the world down
- Absolutely scant regard/respect for elders! (Remember, by elders I am not referring to parents and relatives. Respect for them should come by birth and is considered a default quality in all of us)
- Quarrelling with others and straining relationships for petty issues
- Reacting to everything and an irresistible urge to keep defending themselves even if they are wrong
Immaturity amongst school students and undergraduates is understandable. But when you see it existing even among postgraduates and working professionals, you begin to wonder, how they got admission to a post-graduate programme or how they got their jobs in the first place.
The simple mantra to not announce to the world that you are immature is to KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT. One can learn a lot in academic institutions and in corporate offices just by remaining silent and observing superiors.
Let us hope that the immature morons in the current generation wake up and they do not fall prey to this mental disorder, else they would invariably banish not only their lives but also the lives of their future generation into deep pits of obscurity.
A couple of interesting quotes on Immaturity:
“It’s my opinion, with some people, just knowing they are alone, living inside of their own miserable, self hating, dysfunctional mind, with their own immature, insecure, self pitying self is its own revenge. Their existence is their karma.”
― Colleen Truscott Fry