Teaching your children respect for the older generation at an early age will foster an appreciation for them. I was born in a family where respect for everyone especially for the elderly and those in authority was a valued and precious word and strictly observed. Respect is a form of self discipline and it begins at home. I conform with the saying” Respect yourself first before others will in turn respect you.” In our life situation of today, this precious word seems to have vanished completely, but let us not give up hope.
Respect and remembering our past is essential to our lives as celebrate our Philippine Independence festivities this month here in Philadelphia. It is also meaningful that Philadelphia is the “Birthplace of America”, where the declaration of American independence happened. Together we established a long and endearing relationship that runs deep among our peoples.
As I said, teaching our children at an early age to show respect for others and the older generation will not only foster an appreciation for them but will also serve as a stepping stone of a real and meaningful relationships with fellow human beings as they reach adulthood.
Treat the elderly and others the way you want to be treated when you are up in age. Aging as defined is the accumulation of changes in a person over time. Aging in humans is a multidimensional process of physical, physiological and social changes. Some dimensions of aging grow and expand over time, while others decline. Reaction time, for example, may slow with age, while wisdom may expand. Aging is an important part of all human societies not only reflecting the biological changes that occur, but also reflecting cultural and societal conventions
Age is measured chronologically and is often an important event. However the term “aging” is somewhat ambiguous. Young people tend to commit most crimes, they are more likely to push for political and social change, to develop and adopt new technologies, and to need education. Older people have different requirements from society and government as opposed to young people and frequently differing values as well, such as for property and pension rights.
We are a society that recognizes the value of our elderly citizens. We love them for their wisdom and past experiences and at the same time, will benefit from the interaction. Age can bring a vast wealth of knowledge from one’s experiences and sometimes as we grow older, it brings stubbornness along with it, too. Dealing with the elderly requires some patience, understanding and tolerance but most importantly, giving them the respect they so richly deserve. The acknowledgement of our love and affirmation of their contributions to society are sure to brighten their day
Devoting some time to an elderly person whether they are a family member, friend or someone you don’t know so well can contribute to their well-being and make a big difference in our lives. Most seniors enjoy the attention, laughter and giggles shared with them by us. You may end up getting more out of the relationship than what you are giving.
In obedience to the Divine commandment, let us all love and respect our elderly no matter who they are, if we appreciate to be loved and treated the same way in the later part of our lives.
An aged man is but a paltry thing, a tattered coat upon a stick, unless Soul clap its hands and sing, and louder sing for every tatter in its mortal dress. – William Butler Yeats