1. As you sow, so shall you reap. When practicality has more ears than emotions, lets be brutally practical and selfish for couple of minutes. Will you choose to trade places with the grandmother living next door when you see her being disrespected day in and day out?Will you trade places with the old couple in the park, which is ill-treated by people every day? In the local transport when you sit through the journey and elders stand all the way for hours until theend? Is this the future you wish for? So, for a practical, more head – less heart generation, here is aquestion, is this how you want your life to be? If not, then lets sow our seeds right rightaway so that our plant grows taller and standsstraight. The idea of being humiliated by younger generation is gut wrenching so lets not do it to them because we do not want it to happen to us. Respect begets respect so invest respect at present to insure respect in future.
  2. Humanity Pushing an elder to get a better seat or the last piece of cake is never worth it for it never feels right. We happily help a child when he is about to fall,why? Because he can notmanage it on his own and we know it. Similarly, the elderlies need a helping hand. Humanity, this is another reason to respect elders. We all share a bond as human beings. As a child people, we know and those we do not know help us at every stage. This is because we need it andcan not survive without it. This is instinct imbibed in all to protect theyoung ones.Similarly, when elders who face health problems and vision problems, the more able-bodied generation should take the responsibility because it is nothing less than their duty to respect and help their elder generation. It is a payback for safe childhood and a hope for a comfortable old age.
  3. Knowledge Bank Wisdom is in the eyes and eyes give away the age. This adage is true and this is again a reason to respect your elders for they have seen it all. They already experience the phases of our life, they know what we are going through and can guide us through the unknown. Mountaineers have the most experienced player ahead so that the amateurs step correctly and not hurt themselves or kill themselves. The idea is that an expert can guide, the young-lings should learn from them and respect their knowledge. The life is short for the try and learn method, playing smart in every field is important and not using the living breathing knowledge bank is plain stupid. We have amazing asset that deserves to be valued.
  4. They love you Our elders love us; they want the best for us. We have to keep in mind the generation gap and meet them half way to understand their motive. We should respect people who love us and have their best interest in our well-being. We are the children whom the elders have seen growing up, they have a say in our life for they care, and we have the responsibility to appreciate them. The least we can do is respect them.
  5. Heritage The Indian weddings, right from the beginning is laced with rituals which is rarely understood by the younger generation. These rituals have deeper meaning and without elders, we would be lost to say the least! The reading of the scripts, the ‘tithe’ and ‘kundli’, the drawing of auspicious dates and answers to the right handed cooking questions are all known to elders. The tricks to the trade and the traditions are best understood and implemented by the more experienced section of society. Every family has that special recipe which other just cannot get right, its handed down in family and elders. Elders make the heritage of any family, the elders are the gatekeepers to endless family treasure and it makes sense to respect the gatekeeper.
  6. Family tree We all have a beautifully laced family history which is no less that a classic movie. We have heard tales of our elders picturing them in slightly faded picturesque background, running around trees. Who does not like to hear stories about their fathers as burly teenage boy and mothers as shy teenage girl, their grandfather as proud freedom fighter and grandmother as coy homemaker? This family tree is where we come from, who we are and how we became what we are. This gives us roots in this world and backstory to depend upon. We should respect our history and those who create it.
  7. Strong morals In this world, the elder teach the younger. Whatever we learn is from them. If you have a sound value system and moral values, If you can instinctively tell what is wrong and what is right, thank your elders for teaching you the distinction. The society is made from us; if the base is weak the buildings will not survive, whenever you see a strong building, thank those who strengthened the foundation. A man is judged over his character and this is a gift by the elders. So respect is an obvious to follow.
  8. Love We know that they love us, but do we love them back? One of the simplest reason to respect the elders is that we love them. They care for us when we are sick, cook for us, care for us, talk to us teach us and love us more than life itself. We love them; we follow them and their words. They show us their love by the acts of kindness and care, we show it by respect. The touching of feet in morning or daily evening walks are not just a rule, they are acts of our love. Respect is part of love, love doesn’t exist without respect and respect is one of many signs of love. To let the elders know you care just respect their words and actions. This will cement your relation and trust will multiply in no time. Life becomes easier for us when we have our elders on our side during our struggles. 9 Reason Why We Should Respect Our Elders
  9. Experienced guide to life The confusion of teen and tension of early twenties and frustration of late twenties, what if we have an experienced person to guide us through it all? Someone who knows what it feels like to be in love? To be indecisive about life? To not know what to do? To deal with peer pressure? To deal with family pressure? Well, wake up people! We all have these friends/ philosophers/guides. Look around and take your pick. Life hands you trouble and solve it for you as well. We have the puzzles and a key that solves all puzzle. Respect the help for it is what makes life livable.

 

Dr. Pargat Singh
Bhurji
MD,FRCP ( C )
Consultant Pediatrician
Surrery BC