Respect for Parents and the Elderly.
Why is it that in some nations people have respect for their elders and in others nations they do not? Why do some societies embrace their aging and other throw them away, throughout the history of the world. Old age has most often been equated with wisdom, honor, integrity and esteem. If a mother and father brought children into the world, should the children help, and respect them when they get old and can no longer do the things they could do when young?
In my opinion, disrespecting one's parents shows what we are made of, and your lack of virtue, as a matter of fact it's the lowest fruit of a human being.
Whatever Happened to
"Respect Your Elders?"
A large percentage of North Americans would rather their parents reside in an Old folk home, then live with them, and are rarely visited.
EAST INDIAN CULTURE
It is about respecting elders, honoring heroes and cherishing love. It is a land of aspirations, achievements and self reliance. Indian culture has a very high level of tolerance and hence the advent of so many external cultures was not restricted.
values place the family and society over the
individual. Many American-born Chinese may not be as traditional.
But still hold values of respect for elders and authority.
The oldest son has obligations toward the family and is expected.To respect and care for parents. The tradition of "filial piety" is the value of total respect for the
family, especially the elders. This respect for elders was advocated. Confucius, the famous Chinese philosopher and many Chinese and Chinese-American families choose to follow these ancient principles.
Traditionally, elders are respected for their wisdom, experience, and knowledge.
Elders, regardless of the tribe, assume significant roles as teachers and caretakers of the young.
ALASKA FIRST NATIONS
Elders are accorded a central role as the primary source of cultural knowledge. It should be understood that the identification of "Elders" as culture-bearers is not simply a matter of chronological age, but a function of the respect accorded to individuals in each community that exemplify the values and lifeways of the local culture and who possess the wisdom and willingness to pass their knowledge on to future generations. Respected Elders serve as the philosophers, professors and visionaries of a cultural community.
Elders are given high respect in Vietnamese society. They areconsidered the carriers of tradition, knowledge, and wisdom. Age is considered an asset, not a liability. Elderly grandparents and parents stay with the family for support and care.
Elders may prepare meals and care for grandchildren if both the husband and wife work. In Vietnam, elders are the leaders and decision-makers in the family and often sought for advice. When these elders move to the U.S., they can become socially and culturally isolated for many reasons (e.g., lack of English, age, lack of training for work). In contrast, the younger family members become more Americanized and may behave in ways their elders do not approve. This can create tension in families where elders feel ignored and not respected.
Elders are respected, obeyed and considered a source of wisdom.
To survive to old age is often considered an accomplishment reflecting
personal strength, resourcefulness, and faith.
Elders are held in high esteem.
Old age is viewed as a positive time in the life of the elder.
Care for elders is provided by the extended family. It is expectedthat children will care for their elderly parents.
Traditional Koreans value filial piety and respect for elders.In Korean culture, children are taught to respect elders whether they are right or wrong. There is the expectation that the children will take care of their parents in old age. Two important family holidays that are celebrated with feasts include the 60th birthday and the 70th birthday.
Never talk to the elders while standing up. It's customary to talk to them while sitting down, and if they're sitting on a chair, squat or kneel down to talk to them. Even if you're not talking to an elder directly, you should not stand if you are in a room where an elder is seated. Say "tulou," which means excuse me, when you pass someone older than you if they're sitting on the floor or in a chair.
Demonstrate great respect toward their elders. This respect for elders is taught very early in life.