By Tong Lueth Matiok
Our South Sudanese youth are not living the life other youths are living outside, many youths are gathering at tea places discussing the things that are beyond their imagination. You would find youths talking bad things about big people who are twice their ages or even older than their fathers. Bible said in Exodus 20:12 KJV “Honour thy father and thy mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” This does not only imply to your biologically father and mother alone but any other adults. We must respect the elders regardless of who they are or where they come from or how they look like, whether poor or rich, illiterate or educated they deserve our respect.
Our generation should understand that when you make it to university, college or any other higher institution it doesn’t qualify you to become politicians. This immature politics has poisoned our generation. The youth of this country need to be taught that life means earnest work, responsibility, caretaking. It’s not about sitting in Rakumba shai (tea place) or playing cards discussing other people’s lives. Go out, find something to do, hustle hard; do not let the idleness become your career.
South Sudanese youths need to be impressed with the thought that education is not to teach them how to escape life’s disagreeable tasks and heavy burdens; that its purpose is to lighten the work by teaching better methods and higher aims.
We should understand as youth that if there is ever a time when South Sudanese youth need to sit in the spirit of brotherhood with one heart, love and preach the message of peace and put aside the hatred, jealous, tribalism, nepotism, backbiting and immature politics it’s now. The future of this country depends entirely on youths and if we mishandle it, it will affect this life and life to come.
May God bless South Sudan!!
The writer is a student at University of Juba, college of Natural Resources and Environmental Studies - Agricultural Science
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