Let’s respect the old and wise

Letters, Normal

The National, Wednesday July 11th, 2012

I WAS taught to respect my elders when I was young.
My parents felt it was important for me to show respect.
I realise that our society is more casual today and I enjoy that.
The only problem with this, however, is that ho­nour and respect will de­cline.
When I was young, I had the privilege to meet Sir Michael Somare and Sir Julius Chan.
I can still remember that special moment of my life.
During the short time I spent with them, my appreciation for them grew.
And to this day, I still have great admiration and respect for them.
As parents, we can help our children to learn how
to love older people, ap­preciate their wisdom and to feel the blessing of gi­ving to others.
Given my early expe­riences with the two former prime ministers, it is evident that showing respect for the elders, treating them well, and appreciating their contributions has its own re­wards.
We can learn from them and their expe­riences, and enrich our own life.
May God help change the mindset of the young generation.

Richard Setu