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|Some people think young people should follow the tradition of the society. Others think that they should be free to behave as individuals. Discuss both views and give your opinion.|
Opinions differ over whether young people should follow tradition or be themselves as individuals. I think both sides have legitimate reasons, which will be discussed in this essay.
On the one hand, the main reason why individuality among the young should be encouraged is the fact that they are powerful catalysts for change. When young people are individuals who think critically, their worldview and thus actions are not dictated by those of previous generations, which are often the obstacles to new ideas and innovations. An illustrative example is Galileo, who refused to believe the Geocentric view held by the Church and most people back then. Willing to defy tradition, he has become one of the greatest scientists of all time. A more recent example includes young adults who are not afraid to leave their village to seek education despite objections from people around them, most of whom have never left their village. Indeed, research has shown that the young are more open to experience, and people tend to avoid changes as they age. Therefore, youth seems to be the most suitable stage in life where people should be encouraged to be themselves and challenge the status quo.
On the other hand, there are valid reasons for the young to respect traditions as well. For instance, for most of human history, people grow up, get married and have children. But now there are young adults who begin to question the notion of marriage and whether they need to have children. This disruption of tradition might mean more freedom for the young but can result in serious societal problems. For example, the economy might suffer due to a dwindling workforce, and the elderly would struggle to find care as they have no offspring. It seems that many traditions exist for a reason and therefore should be upheld for society to be functional.
In my view, a balance should be aimed for: while it is necessary to help the young become more independent, they should also be taught to follow certain traditions. A sweet spot lies at the point where young people are granted room for individual expressions but they are also aware of the importance of traditions.
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