So long as I can remember the need to look closely at school and the cultivation of a confident attitude has been proclaimed from the hill tops nonetheless has sadly only long been embraced by a few in the trenches.
At this moment, it’s all about being “cool” or “hip.” It’s relating to presenting the right “image”, about being able to impress the girls as well as one’s peers. It’s about making the team, around being the coolest looking force on the basketball court or football area, the dude with the snazzy haircut or braids, as well as gangster style tattoo, or Fubu outfit, or even pricey Nike trainers, or gold chains, or rings, or saggy pants, or even sports car.
Of course girls aren’t immune, they also are enticed with “bribes” of good times and also pregnancy! But this can be mostly our boys – the following generation of Black men – who are in real and in some cases mortal peril. It might be an overstatement to say that sports may be seen as a new form of mental as well as physical slavery. But is it? It’s almost certainly true to say that simply because it is attractive as well as associated with stardom, that physical activities exerts a powerful influence on our youth and that in some respects its affect is insidious.
Okay you speak, let’s keep things in proper perspective. There is no point scare mongering right? After all it’s only a game. And can we thoroughly offload this sports thing onto the media moguls, sports magnates or fashion houses? Accepted, they do have the power and the influence but aren’t we the ones who willingly purchase their products, their services and who allow ourselves to be used?
As powerful as the media is; as seductive as the lure of instant success through Nike trainers or an NBA or NFL contract might appear, the reality is that most parents and children are not caught up by the hype or fooled by the lies. In other words, the choice is ours. And many of us have taken a stand against the enticements of sport realizing that one Michael Jordan, or Venus or Serena Williams, or Tiger Woods does not an entire generation make.
Furthermore, retirees can learn to keep up with the current generation through education. One is never too old to learn what the current generation is learning. After all, education is a life-long process. For instance, it is not too late for one to pick up a Korean language class or a computer course. There is absolutely nothing wrong for one to communicate with the current generation and learn from them and vice versa. Experiences and knowledge are shared among each other without a doubt. As the saying goes, there is no right or wrong in any circumstances.
According to the Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, there are five levels of needs: physiological, safety, belonging, esteem and self-actualization. One has to be able to satisfy their most basic needs before moving on to the next level of needs. In this case, education later in life is categorized under the self-actualization needs which are the highest level of needs. Thus, by choosing to pursue an education, one is indirectly pursuing the highest level of the hierarchy.