So you have been to the mall, and were appalled of the behavior of teenagers?
It is not those who smoke that bothered you,
neither those young boys harassing young girls
or even those bored ones, not knowing how to spend their spare time except by strolling back and forth in boredom
What bothered you is their looks!
Guys don’t look like “men”? huh
Girls don’t look like “women”? huh
This is not an unusual condensing tone of traditional writers
It was gel that bothered you at my time
Now it is wax!
It contributes to the spiky heads, no?
That is not manly enough to you!
A man with a spiky head equals a disaster, no?
For all men are like the powerful Shamshoon!
Their hair is their source of masculinity!
(not exactly like him, for long hair is a feminine attribute these days!)
It isn’t about the hair, is it?
It is those low waste trousers that are driving you crazy!
When you were at that age, no one dared to show his underwear!
It must be the end of the world, no?
We must go back to the military era!
and bring back those tough men of the 60’s
They knew how to fight and protect our land, no?
It is a totally new culture that you can’t understand
so you freak out and warn of a disease!
Satanists are on the rise!
and then you discover homosexuality
It spreads like a cholera for the lack of strict rules! no?
this is something new
a catch for the attention your readers
Ofcourse, you don’t bother to understand
for it is easier to generalize, assume, and attack
They wear black
They have a certain hair style
They listen to a special kind of music
They are depressed
and they cut their veins!
Like in all fast generalizations
you fail to grasp what really brings those group of young people together
It is easy if you look at the name they identify with
They are emotional teenagers
We all know how emotional teenage can be
and we all know that some people are just more emotional than others
There is no need to condemn and fight them
and there is no need to find answers of the cause of what we interpret as a phenomena because it is not
There is no need to group all teenagers under the same umbrella
Sometimes our teenagers may just need
Someone to listen
Someone to hug
Someone to reassure
to help them cope with their turmoil of emotions
and show them the right path of controlling them
Screams may only strengthen their bad feelings and push the small cuts that someone’s adhere to in order to ease their emotional pain, into a bigger ones that may lead to suicides