Happy families are pivotal for society’s resourcefulness and development. Happy families are not those who just hold great wealth or enough wealth. It is the cultural richness which should flow in the family veins and which should beckon the growth of the family. Youth should grow with such a cultural richness. Youth should imbibe social, cultural, intellectual and economic leadership. Youth should make great families to leave great heritage for their progeny.
Indian culture has been the most admired one around the world. Indian family system, respect for women, the guru-sishya relationship, rich intellect, knowledge and wisdom, spiritual wealth and many more significant attributes of India have been widely lauded and even followed by others.
Among all the cultural significances the family relationship is the most pivotal one as unless we grow in a disciplined family environment we may not be able to beget, practice and retain rest of the cultural attributes. Family relationship reigns an invisible control on the family members and involuntarily enforces discipline in every walk of life of its members. Even today we have several families where elders direct the course of happenings for the common well being of all the family members.
But yes, things are changing gradually. It may not be possible for us to see in entirety such a family reunion. Nuclear families have replaced big family entities. There is absolutely nothing wrong in such a development. The changing professional statures, priorities, educational and growth pursuits have contributed to such a development.
The pointer in the context is not about small families. It is about the value of relationships that is ruling the small family life. Whether we call it fortunate or unfortunate the size of small family came to 2+1. Practically the one child families are denying their child the benefit of sibling relationship, future support, moral strength and the real joy of a family. We know in most of the cases parents leave the world first. What is the situation of the single child in the family once the parents get old or exit the world? Are we not leaving the child orphaned without siblings and parents?
Now the most astonishing thing is the single child gets married into a family which in all likelihood is similar statured with respect to family size. There is enough money for each spouse. But where is the moral support? One may say friendship can replace such a gap. But how many are blessed with such a friendship?
Now the pointer is not about small families even. It is about our culture. Do we have a strong educational system which enforces the knowledge and wisdom about our culture? Can a one child family follow and carry forward our rich culture? If so what percentage of families are aware of our culture? Can a country grow great just through economic development without cultural values in citizens? Is it not that we are going to cause cultural degradation through growing club culture, foreign lifestyle, live-in relationships, premarital relationships, haughty attitudes, knowledge degradation through commercial qualifications? There are many more such things having an alarming influence on our today’s youth.
If our youth doesn’t understand, follow and take forward our rich culture we are going to see a lop sided development. We are going to find a big gap in leadership. We are going to witness commercial and easy going attitude everywhere. We may even forego intellect and wisdom in course of time. We may invite total invasion of foreign culture. We may find Indian culture and heritage only in books.