I am appalled when I see a tiny baby with its head uncovered, exposed to a hot sun, while the young parents are going about their business. What happened to the doctors, parents and others who traditionally guided youth to adult lives? Or, aren’t young parents willing to learn?
In this south/southeast corner of Australia, with its temperate (Mediterranean) climate, few adults cover their heads, even in summer. Strangely, even in Malaysia and Singapore, I did not see the colourful waxed-paper Japanese parasols of the pre-war era. More recently, perhaps because public transport is so readily available, I have not seen the cloth umbrellas of my mother’s generation.
The hats seen on men’s heads in Australia in the immediate post-war period have been replaced with American-style caps. Sounding American is also quite fashionable, with news readers and reporters uttering ‘nairies’ (like ordinairy) and ‘tauries’ (like territaury), and young girls copying the accents of the women in American ‘sitcoms’ on tv.
At the behavioural level, one hears, or reads about, some strange developments, indicating that traditional guidance to teenagers and youths have been attenuated – stretched thin, that is. Families which do not eat together (for whatever reason) cannot be guided in that casual manner of an earlier-era family ritual (read Francis Fukuyama). When children are left all day in childcare, would they receive that guidance about societal values and behaviour, the responsibility of parents?
It seems that teachers are now required to stand-in for parents who are too busy. Teachers are already doing an excellent job bridging cultural differences in an immigrant-receiving nation. Do they now have to guide their pupils on all aspects of their lives?
A serious current societal problem is that innocent people are being seriously injured or killed by what is known as a ‘coward’s punch.’ A certain kind of male chooses to become intoxicated, and apparently goes about looking for someone to injure. Strangely, the suggestions to counter such behaviour include: penalising all drinkers of alcohol by raising prices; limiting supply late at night (ignoring the tourist); and everyone saying piously that something needs to be done, without reaching agreement. Should not severe legislated penalties apply? How many votes would that cost?
Why am I not impressed with the ‘guidance’ by our elected rulers? How many youngsters have to die while ‘consultations’ (a fashionable local political pastime) take place?