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Respect your elders

March 8, 2010
By naturelover123 BRONZE, San Francisco, California
naturelover123 BRONZE, San Francisco, California
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"Respect you elders." This statement may seem all too familiar, but is it really being followed these days? Every day as I flip through the television, I witness discrimination against the old and wise. Frequently on television sitcoms I notice a false portrayal of old people as being boring and in poor health. The audience laughs as a teenager yells words at a grandmother whose hearing is failing or a grandfather having trouble finding his false teeth. I don't know about the rest of the world, but I'm not laughing.

Just like us, our elders were once young. They have memories of different fads, their first job, their first love, mistakes they've made, things they've point is, they have stories to tell and things to teach us. They've lived through things that we ourselves can hardly imagine. Wars. Depressions. Life without computers or cellphones. They've lived through history. They're amazingly strong, intelligent, and interesting human beings who have gone through real experiences.

This is what I'd like to see portrayed in the media. Real people with real stories. People who the younger generation actually respects. Our elders will not be here forever, and it's time they got the credit they truly deserve.

The author's comments:
I wrote this to remind people to respect their elders and have a positive attitude towards them-- that positive attitude will help keep them happy and young at heart!

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This article has 6 comments.

Anshita said...
on Jun. 6 2016 at 2:21 pm
I got to learn many things from this and pretty inspiring

Ayaud said...
on Apr. 4 2016 at 7:22 am
Sısıdıskalala ajakaızı

mile said...
on Feb. 4 2015 at 10:29 am
Its really nice awasome dude make on of your book dude its really amazing

Farah2698 said...
on Jan. 25 2015 at 1:57 pm
Excellent and a very good inspiring speech. :)

dharshika said...
on Dec. 15 2014 at 9:03 am
give mw  speech on modern technology and the new genaration

noobster4 said...
on Jun. 18 2013 at 11:29 am
what is all this our grandparents understands jokes u know. they know we do not mean to hurt them .you will make me believe u never crack jokes with your grand parents or family even if it is harsh --  

on Jan. 21 2013 at 6:54 am
This is prefect for my speech presentation .. Cause my classmates DO NOT realize that what they are saying to our adviser is wrong .. And i can use this to make them realize .. Then again .. THANKS FOR THIS .. I APPRECIATE IT :)

sakshi123 said...
on Feb. 5 2011 at 5:33 am
this is wat the younger generation should learn its very nice nd i love it

Riley141 GOLD said...
on Apr. 3 2010 at 4:38 pm
Riley141 GOLD, Yale, Michigan
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Favorite Quote:
" Always do right. This will gratifiy some people and astonish the rest." Mark Twain

I totaly agree.One day we all WILL   be old, and have storys to tell. Good job..Keep writing.

on Mar. 20 2010 at 8:34 pm
naturelover123 BRONZE, San Francisco, California
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