Respecting the old and caring for the young is a traditional Chinese virtue1
. However, respect for the elderly seems to oe lacking nowadays. What is your opinion on respecting the elderly?
Respecting the Elderly Is a Traditional Chinese Virtue
The elderly have accumulated a lifetime's worth of experience, however, many young people often regard them as irrelevant2
, embarrassing, and out of touch. As far as I am concerned, the traditional Chinese virtue to respect the old people needs to be emphasized.
Firstly, the elderly deserve the respect due to their effort in bringing up their children and their contribution to society. We should always bear in mind that what we have and enjoy now was created by the aged3
people in the early days, as the old Chinese saying goes, "One generation plants trees under whose shade another generation rests," Secondly4
, family is one of the best places for learning values, so every family should inspire younger members to respect the older ones. It is important, therefore, to set an example at home by taking good care of the elderly members, so that children learn to adopt this same practice. Families should make a point of including and involving the older members in the family activities and decisions. In this way, families will exemplify the right values, and young members will learn first-hand on how to respect the elderly,
Perhaps the most important test of a society is the way individuals behave towards one another. And specifically, how that society treats its elderly men and women. If young people do not respect the elderly, the whole society will be a mess without respect. Therefore, the elderly should be respected by all of us. (244 words)
1.It is a Chinese tradition to respect, love and support the elderly and to protect, educate and take good care of the young.
2.Different generations are vying5
for different kinds of attention,and in this time-constrained environment, older people are becoming more and more sidelined.
3.Communities as a whole should take certain steps to raise awareness6
about older people,and to encourage people to value the contributions that older people bring to the community.
4.However, with changing socioeconomic environments,more older people live a life devoid7
of love or respect.