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As an elderly pensioner, I have been aware for the past few years that here in the UK, younger people appear to have very little respect for the elderly folks. I can only assume that the parents of these children have failed to instill such respect in them.
I walk with a stick and yet very often young people expect me to move out of their way, rather than the way it should be. I find myself often wondering, do they not have grandparents? If they do, would they not mind THEM being treated so badly by young people?
Asian communities invariably cherish their old folks. Oh, that we would, too!! I am 71 years old now and I'd swear it was only yesterday that I was young, and I had the utmost respect for those older than myself. How very quickly we age....
...the younger generation lack respect for us "oldies"
Soon, you, too will be amongst the elderly population, so it's in your own interests to encourage your youngsters to appreciate their elders just as we appreciate youth! Whilst it would be wrong to suggest that all of the younger generation lack respect for us "oldies", I think it fair to say that the vast majority, sadly, do.
It cost's NOTHING to stand aside whilst someone elderly and possibly infirm goes before you. To give up your seat to someone much older than you surely isn't too much to ask?
I suppose schools no longer encourage respect of the elderly; when I was a child, we were practically forced to stand back whilst our elders went before us and we didn't feel resentful.