Overprotected Progeny
10 May, 2012
Overprotected Progeny

The promise was to run in this issue a piece about Homo Civicus. Sorry but change of mind has taken place, and not without a good reason for it. Our society does not usually nurse and produce this type of human species because almost all of us are richly charged politically and the indifference towards the ongoing political process is almost nonexistent.

Homo Civicus is not typical in this culture – we are all overwhelmed with politics, growing politically every day

and desiring more and more to be part of politics whatever it looks and sounds like. And I like this kind of attitude. This means that democracy has a bigger chance here than anywhere else on the territory of the former Soviet Union, and maybe in the world. So let’s forget about Homo Civicus and embark instead on overprotected kids in Georgia. Every nation or ethnic group in the world would feel obligated to provide for the security of children as long as there are sufficient means and ways in their respective countries to do so. Kids certainly need to be protected against the evil, hunger, the cold, disease, illiteracy, social injustice, adult abuse, pernicious influences, etc. And we are certainly doing all this in Georgia. The only thing we are unconsciously refusing to do for our progeny is the persistent nursing of sense of independence in them. We are all (All!) trying to overprotect our children. The impression is that we are not aware of the importance of independence of a person in life which cannot be achieved without a perseverant and methodical work with our kids by means of their careful exposure to certain amount of difficulties which they need to overcome without our ever-present help. The reliance of our kids on parental or grandparental assistance is overwhelming. This might not be a lethal tragedy, but this style of living and working with our kids makes our young angels fragile and not resistant to future unexpected vicissitudes of life. The acutely needed feature of character, called resilience is getting lost and buried forever in the depths of our irrelevant and unnecessarily excessive fussing and dancing around our children’s needs and wants. Unjustified pampering and mollycoddling of kids is a commonplace thing here, used by an average parent in Georgia. Looking at a close distance at parents and kids, I am getting a feeling that parents are even afraid of their children; they don’t know how to punish them for the wrongdoings the kids are suggesting every now and again. Children are taking absolutely for granted what their parents are doing for them, and in most cases they are not concerned at all about the difficulties their parents might be going through for providing them with a quality life. Kids (not all of them, just most of them) will go to any length to have what they think they deserve to have. Kids are regular users here, often very cynical and egotistic although I recognize that many of them will not fit into this particular description. My best reason for emphasizing all this is that overprotected and spoilt babies will not be fit for handling the future of Georgia. Georgia needs strong hands and high smarts, the childhood-tempered-and-weathered characters, independently-minded young men and women who are not afraid of being in the woods alone and who are capable of making autonomously motivated healthy decisions when necessary. That’s what we need! Badly!

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