The phrase ‘our children will change the world’ portrays negative connotation

Belle Wilson, Editor-in-Chief

Children are expected to be the seeds and hope for the world. They hold the pressure to be the shining light that brightens what others view as dark.

“You’re the generation that will change the world.”
A statement with such implications seems to flow so easily out of the mouths of adults. It’s said all the time. However, I don’t think people truly understand the gravity this statement has.
If they did, then maybe they wouldn’t say it at all.
First, it’s important to note that there’s nothing wrong with making the world a better place. There will always be things that can be improved, altered, or even so far as changed.
The problem with telling children that they need to change the world isn’t that the goal of striving for a great world is in any way bad. Here’s the problem: The focus on changing the world implies that the world is tainted.
Maybe, the world doesn’t always need to be changed. Perhaps, as a society, we’re always seeking change where there needs to be preservation.
In the college process, there’s a lot of talk around who is the most accomplished. Colleges are seeking students who will be the “generation to change the world.”
So, in turn, students push themselves to do the unthinkable like solve a drastic problem in order to impress administrators they have never and most likely will never meet.
Success shouldn’t be measured by how many problems you solve or by how effectively you change something. Instead of doing the impossible, it should be socially acceptable to preserve and advance the already great aspects of life.
It’s easier to see the world as a glass-half-empty, rather than a glass-half-full. Flaws are the first things we take note of and automatically there’s a switch that initiates humans to problem solve. It’s the same way we view the world.
The real challenge is seeing the world optimistically and celebrating the freedoms and gifts life has to offer.
It’s as simple as if a medicine works, don’t change the ingredients. If an institution is running smoothly, don’t reconfigure it. If it’s not broken, don’t fix it. The world doesn’t always need to be changed, and young adults and children shouldn’t be expected to be that change.
It’s important to take one day at a time and achieve the small victories while focusing on what’s good rather than being the world’s handyman.