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Why should we respect our elders?

Updated on June 4, 2014
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Asif has been a teacher in the past, now manager operations. He loves to write on diverse topics that could benefit the reader.

Why we should respect our elders
Why we should respect our elders

We all learn from life. When a child is born, he is not capable of doing anything. He depends on his parents for all of his needs. He starts learning everything from this very beginning. With the passage of time, the body grows and the mind leans things about life. The memory keeps piling up things to be used later in life. For example, the child does not know that fire is hot and harmful until he touches it. At that time, he learns it and this is saved in his memory for life. When a person reaches an age of 50 +, he/she has enjoyed almost everything in life, kids, different jobs, different relations, travelling and a lot more. The elders are ahead of us in age, experience, wisdom and maturity. Thus, an elderly person is a kind of portable library with a lot of practical experience in it. Senior people are thus a great source of knowledge for the youngsters. They have learned all that with their own experience after hardships and sufferings. We have a golden chance to learn from them the lessons that they have already learned. We might disagree with them on certain matters but these are only a few and this is because of the changing world. However, for most of the things, their advice is always solid. They have in depth knowledge of the age they lived in. Time keeps on changing and new things keep on developing to ease our life. For example, we are quite used to cell phones these days. About 50 years back, it was not a part of routine life. How life was at that time, we can know from a senior who is 60 years old. Thus, senior people are a window to the past with their own experience. There are certain things in life we consider good when we are young. As time passes, our views on them changes and we come to realize that it was not a good decision to go that way. Our elders play a vital role in selecting or rejecting such things. Most of us reach up to those findings only after they have gone through that experience themselves and spent a lot of their time in that. The point to convey here is that our seniors are a great help if we want to learn about life. They took care of us when we are kids and it is our time to pay back when they reach that stage of life. They expect respect and help from young ones. There are many ways we can learn from them and help them. These are only a few reasons we should respect our elders.

Here are a few things we can do to help and learn side by side. Our elders would really feel happy.

  • If you find an elder trying to cross the road, go ahead and help. It will give you an inner feeling of happiness. At the end, that senior person will thank you. Sometimes a series of prayers would start for the helper and this is all spiritual. We feel quite happy and satisfied inside.
  • If you have senior elders in your house, spare some time for them. Sit with them. They always like to talk about their own time. Listen to them. You will definitely find some pieces of advice from their conversation.
  • If you are travelling in a public transport and notice seniors standing by, offer your seat to them. They will really feel happy and respected.
  • While on job, senior employees definitely have more experience for that job and can help us a lot.
  • If you are going by your car and notice an elders walking by, you can offer a pick up if the destination is same for both of you.

The topic is quite wide and a lot of stuff can be written. I have mentioned only a few things. I hope everyone is convinced. The simple rule is; everyone wants to be respected. If we do not respect our elders, we should not expect our youngers would respect us when the time comes and we need their help. The time is bound to come for all of us.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I like the ideas. Thank you

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      Asif 3 years ago from Lahore

      Thank you for your comments Eric.

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      bettybarnesb 3 years ago from Bartlett, TN

      Very good article and also very needed. I taught my children to respect and be kind to the elderly. Showing respect to them encourages. So much wisdom about life is in them that can be share with the next generation. When I was a little girl I had many elderly friends in my neighborhood. I loved to sit an listen to them talk about life. I gave me wisdom as a child. The elderly are still needed and are important to our lives. Appreciate your article.

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      Asif 3 years ago from Lahore

      Thank you bettybarnesb for your valuable comments.

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      Anish Narang 3 years ago

      These points are very good. They are helpful in our life

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      Asif 3 years ago from Lahore

      Thank you Anish for your input here.

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      manuka 2 years ago

      great!!!!

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      amasha 2 years ago

      good......................

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      yaseen 2 years ago

      Nice article but missing point that we should not only listen to elders but also to obey even we know they are wrong in opinion , if things are not vital.

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      Deepika rawat 2 years ago

      I love this article!

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      Asif 2 years ago from Lahore

      Thank you Deepika

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      elisha 21 months ago

      this article is the best

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      goodie 10 months ago

      this article was awesome

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      AK 9 months ago

      This Article Is Awesome--

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