Youthful age is a time of happiness. It is the only season when young people lead a lazy and carefree life and are partially occupied by scarcely absorbing studies. They are able to devote themselves unlimitedly to the liberated exultation of their bodies. They could play, dance, love, and multiply their pleasures. They could leave a party, in the early hours of the morning, in the company of sexual partners they had chosen, and contemplate the dreary line of employees going to work. They are the salt of the earth, and everything is given to them; everything is permitted for them; everything is possible.
Later on, having started a family; having entered the adult world, they would be introduced to worry, work, responsibility, and the difficulties of existence; they would have to pay taxes, submit themselves to administrative formalities while ceaselessly bearing witness-powerless and shame filled to the irreversible degradation of their own bodies, which would be slow at first, then increasingly rapid. Above all, they would have to look after children, mortal enemies, in their own homes; they would have to pamper them, feed them, worry about their illnesses, provide the means for their education and their pleasure, and unlike in the world of animals, this would last not just for a season. They would remain slaves of their offsprings always. The time of joy is well and truly over for them; they would have to continue to suffer until the end, in pain and with increasing health problems, until they are no longer good for anything and are definitively thrown into the rubbish heap, cumbersome and useless. In return, their children would not be at all grateful. On the contrary, their efforts, no matter how strenuous, would never be considered enough. They would, until the bitter end, be considered guilty because of the simple fact of being parents.
From this sad life, marked by shame, all joy would be pitilessly banished. When they want to draw near to young people’s bodies, they would be chased away, rejected, ridiculed, insulted, and, more and more often nowadays, imprisoned. The physical bodies of young people-the only desirable possession the world has ever produced, are reserved for the exclusive use of the young, and the fate of the old is to work and to suffer. This is the true meaning of solidarity between generation. It is a pure and simple holocaust of each generation in favour of the one that replaced it-a cruel, prolonged holocaust that brought with it no consolation, no comfort, nor any material or emotional compensation.
Written by Adigun Adenike Yetunde | Featured Image: apelphotography.com