Years ago parents always taught their children respect, especially for senior citizens, telling the children, “Respect your elders!” if they got out of line. These days, however, this seems NOT to be the case and disrespect is seen everywhere as people go about their normal daily routine. It is so sad that this is a world where a simple thing like respect is fading away.
Years ago parents always taught their children respect, especially for senior citizens, telling the children, “Respect your elders!” if they got out of line. These days, however, this seems NOT to be the case and disrespect is seen everywhere as people go about their normal daily routine. It is so sad that this is a world where a simple thing like respect is fading away. People use foul language around children and senior citizens. Young people scornfully tell the elderly that they don’t know anything and that their time is past. People are heard talking down to the elderly as if their age has taken away their intelligence. Others are seen yelling out their car windows at older drivers who choose to drive at the speed limit rather than over the speed limit. Some folks even try to take advantage of older people financially, tricking them out of their money, or just outright stealing from them.
Respect Your Elders
Starting within, families should learn to say again “Respect your elders”, and demand compliance until it becomes a part of who they are, and until showing respect is as natural as blinking or breathing. Respect or honor for elders is a value that should be passed on from generation to generation. It should be taught to all children beginning at an early age, and those children should be told to teach their children. Maybe after a while, the rampant disrespect of these times will get better, and the young and old can learn to live in harmony and mutual respect.
Respect Your Elders and Gain Respect
When the elderly are treated consistently with respect by someone from a younger generation, that young person gains respect. He or she gains respect first from the person to whom respect was given. Many seniors will never forget and will always do what they can for that young person because of their kindness. Also the younger person will gain the respect of others who observe the way he or she respectfully treats the elderly time after time.
Listen to the Wisdom of the Elders
Another advantage of giving and gaining the respect of our elders is that they are full of wisdom. Listen to them and learn. They may not be computer literate or very interested in electronic gadgets, but they certainly did not make it to old age without picking up a little wisdom along the way. In most cases, life has given the elderly a broad scope of knowledge that they are willing to share. They have already experienced most things that the middle and younger generations are going through right now and could give valuable advice, if only someone asked them. Talk to the elderly; tap into that wisdom. Talk about love and life and human nature and children and finances and politics and dreams and family. They will be glad to impart some of their wisdom to the next generations.
In conclusion, everyone should remember as was said in past generations, to “respect your elders”. Also, there is much to be gained from listening to the wisdom of the elders. Those who respect their elders and listen to their wisdom will, in turn, gain respect and wisdom.
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