The culture of a community lies in the hands of both the Old and the New generation. The successful transfer of a culture from one generation to another without strictness as it pertains to the innovative and creative method of expression gives rise to the development of the community.
It is no doubt that the Old generation has formed a structure for maintaining the culture of a community or society, but there is also no doubt that the life and functions of this structure reside immensely with the New or Next generation. To stifle the New or Next generation from expressing their creativity and innovation is always a detriment to any Culture that wants to thrive.
It is the resistance of the Old to innovation that sometimes facilitates defiance in conforming to the established culture. The inability to accommodate root-shaking questions is one of the major reasons for the collapse of some cultures in many underdeveloped communities. Unwillingness to be dynamics with times and seasons have made many cultures obsolete. Unfortunately, the obsoleteness is not in principle but mostly in application and readjustments of methods without infringing on the quality of the Culture.
The responsibility of the Old as the Custodians of a Culture is to make sure the methods of expression used by the New is still keeping the Culture True and yet more presentable.
In the era of advancement in technologies and disruptions of processes, the Old must find a way to make the New stay true to the Culture and it is not by burdening them with rules and sanctions but by showing them the origin of the Culture and the beauty that lies within its adherence. The Old need to be humble enough to analyse what the New is bringing objectively based on how it could be integrated into the Culture to keep it flourishing and relevant.
The New however must know that the custodians of today’s Culture were once innovative people like they are now.
They must also be conscious of the fact that their innovation comes from the establishment of the existing Culture and unless the culture or part of it is faulty and needed to be changed or discarded, there is no point in re-inventing the wheel especially if the Old is accommodative enough for any kind of readjustment or change.
Humility that the Old needs to portray is what the New is meant to show as well.
The New needs the humility to realize that the Old already has a structure or form that may be lacking life or functionality in relative to the genuine response needed to attend to the new pressing matters. The New must understand that their innovative prowess is meant to renew, rejuvenate and solidify the Cultures handed over to them.
If the new is trying to re-invent the wheel, it cannot succeed on its own because he lacks support from the Old it is trying to make irrelevant so it seeks help from a foreign body that seems more potent than the Old it is trying to depose. Instead of upholding Culture though indigenous innovations, the New is invading the Culture with foreign ideas and perceptions that would only undermine the identity of both New and Old thereby loosing the Culture all in the bid to outdo and outshine the Old.
Even when the Old is shifting the advent of new methods to uphold Culture, innovation is still the way forward in making sure that the Old consciously or unconsciously accepts the New way of promoting Culture.
At some point, it is necessary for the Old to become almost irrelevant in promoting Culture but become useful in the area of counsel and the history the New needs to know before Innovation.
It is also wise for the New to realize that continuity must be the hallmark of innovation therefore the chain of transfer must not be severed by the zeal to outdo the Old
Most times, the dreams of the Old and the visions of the New are one and the same. The Old simply saw what could have been and the New is seeing what needs to be.
If relevance and consistency must be assured and ensured by a community, then the seamless transition from the Old to the New with a constant consciousness of innovation is non-negotiable. In fact, the Old should be responsible for showing the New the next hurdle they need to cross in the years to come. The Old should give an account where failure has occurred as well inspire and empower the New to be more successful in the propagation and promotion of Culture. This is how Legacies are birthed!