Abusing and ill-treating our elders has become more common than ever in today’s fast paced world. These are the same elders who take care of our every need from the time we are born. These are the same elders who answer our every innocent query. These are the same elders who woke up at night when we cried as babies or even teenagers. But when the same teenagers become old enough, they feel that abusing and disrespecting elders isn’t really a big deal.
Be it our parents, uncles or aunts, we always tend to have arguments with our elders on anything and everything under the sun as we reach our teenage years and beyond. Everyone talks about ‘generation gap’ being the main reason for all the problems. What’s this generation gap all about? Simply put, its the feeling among youngsters that the elders don’t understand them while the elders feel that they are best placed to guide the youngsters since they have seen many ups and downs in life. And there begins the clash.
Generally, this takes the form of arguments and ego clashes. But in quite a few cases, the youngsters even resort to verbal, emotional and physical abuse. Honestly, this is just depressing and saddening. How do these youngsters feel its fine to hit or verbally abuse their elders? One of the primary reasons is the fact that they may have been exposed to a lot of domestic abuse at home. Whether it is them having to face it or seeing others being hit or verbally abused, they would have accepted the fact that abusing is par for the course in this world.
Secondly, there are also those who try to emulate their friends and peers who find abusing elders as part and parcel of daily life. Emotional abuse is also quite common wherein youngsters avoid speaking to elders, don’t give them food on time, avoid doing any of their work by making frivolous reasons of saving money, sending them to an old age home and the likes. All in all making their life miserable.
Our elders try to interject whenever we start arguing. In the end when we don’t listen, they just sigh and exclaim that we would know how it feels to be abused when we have our own children. Truth be told, that’s a fact.
When our own children start abusing us verbally, physically or emotionally, then we would actually release how it feels to be disrespected day in and day out. So think about it today. And don’t let the situation get so dire.
Linking to NaBloPoMo (National Blog Post Month – July – My post no 3 for this month.