“Listen to your elder’s advice. Not because they are always right but because they have more experiences of being wrong.” – Melchor Lim
Growing and aging is a natural process that every individual experiences. As we grow, we encounter.
Traditionally, in India, elderly people have always been revered by the younger generation by touching their feet. Elderly people have always been the treasure of our families. However, in the modern society of the 21st century, not only has the number of elderly people increased but also the cases of the elderly being abused, harassed, and abandoned in India has soared up. More children are now leaving their parents alone or are sending them to old-age homes.
Most people fail to understand the importance of elderly people in society. They are the ones who preserve the traditional and cultural values present in any ethnic group or community. Without them teaching the younger generations about their culture, the diversity of traditions and cultures in India would have been long lost during the time of colonization.
Moreover, elders are like the roots of the tree. They hold the family firmly at all times and make them strong. They are the ideal mentor. From all the experiences they have accumulated over the years, they can judge a situation and give constructive advice to their children. They also play an important role in solving disputes among the family members. Elderly people play an important role in the lives of their grandchildren. They spend time with them, play with them, and teach them important rules and values of life in the form of stories. The stories that they tell have a positive impact on the young minds of children. They also provide a safe and loving environment for children to grow in, which is something that no child care center can provide.
In general, they are a form of blessing for all of us. They are the greatest treasure of the family, society, and nation. They have an immense ocean of knowledge, experience, and wisdom which serves as a guidepost for the younger generation. But, nowadays, people have started to view old people as a burden. They believe that elders no longer have the ability to learn new things which is far from the truth. According to research, the human brain never stops growing. The loss in reaction time and brain activity leads to gain in decision making and insights. Hence, elders are less likely to respond thoughtlessly to negative emotional stimuli and are more in control of their emotions.
Moreover, they can focus on what matters in life. They realize that time goes by fast and the value of things that are important in life becomes clear. They can offer a distinctive perspective to every problem, as this is something that only time can teach us. Aside from this, many universal truths remain regardless of one’s era. We may have entered an era that was nothing more than a fantasy world, but this was only possible because of the teachings of our elders.
University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun (Semester 2)