reply to post by Toughiv
I do think that in comparison to the east, we completely disrespect the elderly. I'm part Mexican, don't worry here legally for over 5 generations,
most of the family has never even been to Mexico, and most of us don't even speak spanish, but we still reserve much our culture. Family units are
tight, and through thick and thin, we look out for each other. It may not apply to all of course, but in general. With my grandpa, you gave him
respect, or he'd give you a whoppin, but he also had lot's of stories to tell. The wisdom, the stories, how can you pass that up? But when I see
families here in America throw their elderly in a home just so they can get their house, money or just out of the way. Most of the time, they aren't
even sick, they are just old. Also, the way the elderly get's treated, or the way people talk back at their parents and in the manner that they do,
it's just astounding. I don't understand that because growing up, if I or my siblings talked back at my parents/grandparents, you got beat.
So when I see posts talking about just getting rid of the elderly, handicapped, and all of those considered "a burden" just makes me sick. It goes
along with the mindset I was talking about. Forget about love, forget about commitment, forget about responsiblity, forget about the right thing to
do, let's just have the grandparents put down because they are old and stupid anyway or let's put down the handicapped because they are a burden on
parents and society. Got to save a few imaginary dollars, and them people in wheelchairs are draining the system right! Another excuse for trying to
make this garbage look like a great thing is, "having a kid like this (handicapped) was not part of my plan for a family", or something a long those
lines. What is that? Not part of the perfect family? What's supposed to be perfect?
The way I was raised, if you start a family, you will do everything you can to make you family happy, even if your kid comes out autistic, paralyzed,
missing limb(s), etc. Having such a child put down because it's just such a horrible burden that one might actually miss monday night football, or
american idol, or some other couch potato endeavor. Same thing goes with your spouse, if I married my girlfriend, and she got disabled in a car
accident, does that mean I should "put her down" because she is ruining my life? Nope, for better or for worse. All this crap is just the sissies
way of getting out of the responsiblities as a parent, spouse and child themselves. You die/sacrifice for your kids and you honor spouse and you
respect the elderly, how is this so hard to understand for some people?
I think I may have expanded my answer your question a little bit,
[edit on 29-5-2009 by Darth Lumina]