Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Old Men Can't Make Youngsters Old Minded

There was a Malaysiakini article yesterday morning which said about Huan's three-year suspension from Gerakan for citing anti-party views, which one of the quotes mentioned as in the title said, "Old Men Killing Young Leaders".

The first stanza of William Butler Yeat's poem, Sailing to Byzantium mirrors the lamentation of old men making rules on the young:

That is no country for old men. The young
In one another's arms, birds in the trees
Those dying generations - at their song,
The salmon-falls, the mackerel-crowded seas,
Fish, flesh, or fowl, commend all summer long
Whatever is begotten, born, and dies.
Caught in that sensual music all neglect
Monuments of unaging intellect.

Political parties are in need of new young blood, those who are no later than 30 years of age.

The mindset and behaviour of youngsters these days are unpredictable and don't expect them to follow the rules set by the old men.

I remembered a few weeks, ago, I was at a forum featuring Hishamuddin Rais and one of the subjects and messages that was mentioned to the forum, in Malay said "Jangan Mentuakan Orang Muda." In the posting of the same title, Keadilan Youth Wing was also criticized in that same manner. There is also a criticism and a commentary on the youth trend nowadays also by Hisham Rais - in which is to understand the mind of the youngsters today.

Note thought that you have to read Malay well for this two articles.

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