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Originally posted by halfoldman
Particularly in this month of reflection and meditation, this is one question that bugs me:
How far should we go in respecting our elders?
The faiths based on the Old Testament are actually commanded to honor and respect their elders. In many others the elders are close to the "ancestors", and command similar obedience.
But firstly, what is an elder? Now that people are living longer, elders may be increasingly seen as a drain on social security. Laws on legal retirement ages are being reworked, and "elders" in their 60s may themselves still have living elders in their 80s and 90s.
Should elders be obeyed to the letter?
Even if they bring us chauvenistic notions from a more politically incorrect past?
How can we reconcile religious injuntions to obey them, and make our own lives?
From how many countries can people still say that they trust the state to care for our elders?
Generally I can say that black, Muslim and Hindu people care much more for their elders than the white Christians. In fact the "old age home" seems in many ways a Western institution. It furthermore seems like an institution that is no longer sustainable without family input.