The older one gets, the wiser he becomes

@manong05 (5029)
Philippines
January 12, 2007 5:19pm CST
There was a time when old people are treated with respect and looked up to in the society. Grey hair are sign of wisdom but I think this no longer true today? It maybe be in some countries but generally I think it's no longer true. Why is this? Do you always equate age with wisdom?
3 responses
@Ciniful (1589)
• Canada
12 Jan 07
Absolutely not, and I don't respect elders simply because they're older than me either. Age is not a free ticket to respect and admiration from the masses. I respect those who earn my respect, age irrelevant. Whether they be 10, 20 or 80, their personality or intelligence and their treatment of the people around them will earn my respect, not their age, their education level or their income. For the record, wisdom comes with age, but age doesn't necessarily negate wisdom. I know many people I could classify as elderly who aren't in the least deserving of respect.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
12 Jan 07
You certainly can see things as they really are and very eloquent in expressing your thoughts. You always call spade a spade.Good thinking. The only difference between the young and the elderly is that they came into the world before us. If you can call giving up your seat on a bus for an elderly, respect. Yes I do respect the elderly considering their physical condition. Otherwise I agree with all the details in your response. Well thought of and balanced view.
@Ciniful (1589)
• Canada
12 Jan 07
Thank you again :) Giving up my seat on the bus for a little old lady, no, I wouldn't call that respect. I'd call that courtesy. I'd do the same for a young mother pushing a stroller, or to a teenage boy on crutches, since I can move to the back easier than they can. It's not a matter of respect per se, just common courtesy to those around us.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
13 Jan 07
So it's really a matter of semantics. That's informative. The difference between courtesy and respect. Good!!!
@Geminigirl (1909)
• United States
12 Jan 07
I do not think older people are as respected as they once were. I do respect older people, and I think they are a treasure trove of knowledge. Most are happy to talk about most anything. They have a lot of knowledge to share.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
12 Jan 07
I find some old people too who are keen on talking about all known topics under the sun because of their wealth of experience.
@rein2410 (809)
• Australia
12 Jan 07
no. I dont agree that the older u are the wiser u are. I am just young people but adults ask advice to me. They tell me their problems and ask me what to do. But. I do agree that no matter how it is. they have more experience than younger age so that they can tell u what its like in the old days and sometimes. somethings that completely new to us. they can give us guidance as how should we face it. Yes. we really should looked up to them and they should be respected.
@manong05 (5029)
• Philippines
12 Jan 07
you mean all the elderly without exception?