Age Should Not Determine the Respect one Commands!

Age | Respect | Determinant | 05th November 2022 | Virtual Wire

 

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Since childhood, I have heard my parents tell me that I should respect my elders. Not knowing better, I resorted to blindly following the advice. But as I grew up, life taught me how to think and not what to think. As a result, I started questioning everything under the sun.

One fine morning, I ran into an argument with one of my elderly neighbours, when she kept on harping on the so-called “inherent fragility", of women, and how the menfolk form an indispensable part of their lives. Her arguments, devoid of factual substance, set my mind questioning my respect for her. It seemed I had to accept her views, given her seniority and superfluous wealth of experience. This very incident, made me ponder as to respect one must command, just by prioritising the so-called quantitative aspect of age. Spending an entire evening, I came up with pretty good reflections.


Most people spend a major portion of their lives studying, getting good grades and earning fancy degrees. Eventually, they get a job well enough to earn a decent living. By the time they are middle-aged, they think that based solely on experience in life and by virtue of their degrees, people should respect them. They never think about whether they truly deserve to be respected Most people spend a major portion of their lives studying, getting good grades and earning fancy degrees. Eventually, they get a job well enough to earn a decent living. By the time they are middle-aged, they think that based solely on experience in life and by virtue of their degrees, people should respect them. They never think about whether they truly deserve to be respected.

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Have they done something to initiate change in their immediate environment? Have they helped the needy? Have they promoted any cause that will lead to social change? More often than not, the answer to these questions is a big no. Yet when the question of respect arises, they are the first to argue how deserving they are of it, how much they have struggled to reach academic excellence and the various hindrances they had to face, to reach this self-proclaimed position of dignity. Sadly, these arguments do not qualify for one to be respected in the present pretext of the changing world. and Each of us has a set of core values, to begin with. If we speak derogatorily to women, and subject our kids, to constant verbal and physical abuse, we are pathetic and respect is not something we should crave to command, irrespective of our age. The argument of age then falls flat completely. There is no doubt that age brings wisdom, but if it throws our vibrant demeanour into oblivion, I beg to disagree.


Moreover, there are again some individuals, on the lookout for people, who have problems in their personal lives. These kinds of inconsiderate beings, grab the opportunity of casual judgement and comment passing, as soon as they get one. They leave no chance of criticism and often drag people to filth through their gossip. To our dismay, these people are generally the elderly and are indeed omnipresent. Is it fair to respect someone who cares so little about people’s privacy? Are such people worthy of respect, who have no regard for the philosophy of “live and let live”? I certainly do not think so. Spoon feeding is a serious problem in today’s society. Parents are so protective of their children that they would rather shove their belief system down their children’s throats than allow them to experience life and think on their own terms. The very epidemic of “I know all have made people so over-entitled that they have become immune to the fact good deeds need to be done to make them respectable.






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