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Is the growing level of competition good for the youth?


"Youth is the joy, the little bird that has broken out of egg and is eagerly waiting to spread out its wings in the open sky of freedom and hope." Does the growing level of competition dismantle the freedom and joy of youth or whether they develop them? This is a question that should be seriously analysed.

India is a country with a large population and a majority of it is youth. Therefore the growing level of competition is a matter of concern for our nation. Large population and fewer opportunities lead to immense competition. We are all familiar with Darwin's theory of survival of the fittest and this it signifies that competition is a fundamental element of life.

As every coin has two sides competition too has its own merits and demerits. It's a hortatory tool which makes one to work hard. It enhances skills and creativity. Through competitions we will discover our strengths and weaknesses. As a human being debacles may let us down emotionally but through competitions we would be able to manage success and failures.

In the journey of life we may encounter many situations that force us to take sudden decisions. Today most of the competitive tests carry practical questions which in turn make people to take efficacious decisions at the time of necessity.

On the negative side, youth may encounter a lot of mental pressure due to competitions in each and every field. Coercion from parents and acquaintances along with the struggle to secure the future dumps youth into the pits of extreme weakness, hypertension and its followers the diseases. It also makes youth vulnerable to crime and usage of unethical ways to win. The modern man lacks apathy and cooperation and neglects the family values. He sees people only as competitors not as fellow human beings. In olden time's family as an institution spread the value of togetherness, cooperation and social conducts. But today neither the children nor the parents have time to be together due to growing level of competitions in Offices, Schools, Colleges and in each and every corner of the world. This causes oafishness between the family members. The growing number of old age homes is a testimony to the breakdown of family as an institution due to the competitions within itself. The other defect of competition is that it may lead to rote learning.

Competition also may cause inequality in the sense that the educational infrastructure is not equally distributed in every area. Sometimes the poor youth sections in rural areas even with potential are not able to cope up with the highly educated youth of urban areas due to lack of educational infrastructure at affordable rates. Thus competition makes the poor more poor and the rich more rich.

We can see that both the negative and positive aspects of competition are quite contradictory. But the results of competition on youth, whether good or bad depends upon the mindset of each individual. Competition can build as well as ruin the character. But it's our choice. Competitions are the only way through which this world with billions of people can provide equal opportunities. Competitive test ranks is the only rational way through which youth can be provided jobs.

Thus in my opinion the growing level of competition among youth may produce positive or negative results depending upon the individual's thoughts. Look in the mirror and that's the person whom you need to compete with. Competition would only yield positive results if we remember and follow Howard Cosell's words "The ultimate victory in competition is derived from inner satisfaction of knowing that you have done your best and that you have got the most out of what you had to give."

ATHIRA.B.ANIL