Cost of Convenience

A few days back I was having a conversation with my mentor who is about 45 years old now, about how different their generation is from ours. It started with a discussion about college trips, mainly how it was planned in their time and what all factors are considered now. It painted a clear picture of the drastic difference in the mentality of people. All this change is primarily because of one factor, i.e, convenience.

I am currently 22 years old. Back in the days when my grandparents were 5-6 years old, our country gained independence. Survival was not very easy. All their efforts were dedicated to survival. Then came to my parent’s generation. Since their childhood, they had seen their parents working very hard to make a living and in many cases, they had to compromise on their childhood fun to help their parents. Though their struggle was comparatively less, their childhood experiences made them realize that life was no joke. To protect their children from all those fears and struggles, they showered their children with all the comfort and convenience that they could afford. Survival is no longer a big deal for us.Though this shows how much progress our country has made, it also has a darker side. Not having seen any struggle, our generation got addicted to comfort and convenience.

But at what cost?

The statistics for mental health problems, depression, suicides, etc. clearly show the damage that has taken place under the shadow of convenience. Our resilience has drastically reduced. Even small problems are sufficient to set our thoughts on a negative track. It has reduced our capacity to bear and face problems. Thereby, it has reduced our capacity to take a risk and grow out of problems.

Humankind has always thrived for comfort. We have been programmed in a way that we work hard to reach our definition of comfort. But when life becomes so easy and there is no trace of struggle, i.e., nothing to look forward to, WAKE UP, you are going down the track of growth.

Cost of excessive convenience is RESILIENCE

Let me know your views on this.

Published by Sruti Shivakumar

An architect from India on a journey of self exploration

2 thoughts on “Cost of Convenience

  1. Sruti, I agree with what you have said. It is good for parents to provide work experiences for children from an early age, so that they learn discipline and responsibility. Even a toddler can be taught to pick up their toys and put their dirty clothes in the hamper.

    It is also good for children to see their parents working and work side by side with them to learn self-sufficiency. Everyone should learn how to sew on a button, do their own laundry, prepare food, and manage money. Even if, later in life, they don’t have to do some of these things for themselves, they will have empathy for those who do the work. Have a great Sunday! Cheryl

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