The assumption among the older generation(s), (40-60+ years) is that by virtue of age, some implicit respect and special consideration is due. This attitude seems to be a leftover from a long-faded age of human history, one that originated the phrase, “respect your elders”. In times past, our “elders” were in fact those people in the tribe or community which held the most wisdom. “Elders” were usually composed of the elderly, and the elderly were a repository for a lifestyle that reflected the practical and profound wisdom of nature, (right living). In today’s world there is no such thing as an “elder” for the most part. There is only a great deal of “do as I say, but not as I do”. Instead of growing wiser, the majority of today’s elderly simply grow weaker, embittered and more deluded. In evaluating the current condition of the world, and the mental and physical state of this generation, no such respect or special consideration is due. Respect is not automatic it is earned, and the youth of today give all the respect to the older generations which they have earned, (which is for the most part, none whatsoever). A destroyed world that is the inheritance of the youth of today is not respectable. Neither is the hypocrisy and arrogance of those currently in charge of the status quo, who have destroyed it. Greed and arrogance are the legacy left today by the older generations. It is they who, in their ignorance and a “selling out” of what the soul knows to be correct, have worked for the obtaining of material wealth over all other things, including health, happiness, wisdom and right living.
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