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Should the opinions of elders always be respected by a community?

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  • The opinions of elders should be respected.

    Of course the opinions of elders should be respected by a community. Just like it is commonly said, "with age comes wisdom", and elders know more than us usually. Also just because they are old does not mean we should deem their opinions as not as important as those around us. We should treat everyone fairly and with respect despite our differences.

  • Yes, but not blindly

    With age commeth wisdom, so the saying goes. It is true, and with age also comes experience, and the knowledge to make the right choices. However, elders are not always right 100% of the time. The world and society also changes as time passes, so the ideas of one generation may not be relevant in another. The advice and wisdom of elders should be heeded and respected but not blindly followed.

  • Yes, the opinions of elders should be respected

    Of course the opinions of elders should always be respected by a community. Elders are wiser than the rest of us, they know what they are talking about. They've been through more than us, and have greater life experience. It is disrespectful to disrespect an elder, and that's the way it should always stay.

  • Elders Got That Way for a Reason

    Elders got to be old for a reason. Their wisdom, experience and judgment can make everyone's life brighter. Respecting our elders and listening to their advice should always be a part of our society. That doesn't necessarily mean we should follow the advice, but those of us who are younger should always consider the opinions of the elderly.

  • Yes, the opinions of elders should always be respected by a community. They are wise and are a vital part of the community.

    The elders have something that no one else in a community has which is years of experience. This brings about a wisdom that can only be had after enduring a variety of things. The elders may not always be correct, but they should always be heard. To take away their voice is to take away a vital part of the community. Just as the young bring things to the group such as strength and energy, the elders bring something equally important to the table. They may have insight into issues that would not have been considered otherwise.

  • No they should not!

    While I feel that we should respect all people, we must look at old people for what they are; old and out dated. Like an encyclopedia from the 1940s, the information and wisdom that they do have is either irrelevant to today's world or has been proven wrong by more recent discoveries in science or history.
    Like I said, I feel they as well as everyone should be respected but not necessarily listened to.

  • No, not necessarily.

    Just because someone is older (and wiser), doesn't mean his or her opinion should be always viewed as right. Sometimes elders are just as "dumb" as others, so why should the opinion of one specific group of people be the main opinion.
    Plus, they'll leave the community soon, so why should they have the biggest say on what happens to it's future?
    Yes, the elders should be respected (if the respect is earned, which I will get to), but not every single one of their opinions. If they said death to all children without blond hair and blue eyes was the best thing for the world, would you agree? If they said to start slitting throats because it was right (for whatever reason) would you?
    As for respect being earned, some people (elders, parents, teenagers, two year olds, etc.) deserve absolute respect, others don't. Just because teenagers are young, doesn't mean they should get treated as if they are worthless until they're elders. Just because elders are "wiser" doesn't mean they deserve respect just for living that long. If an elder is rude, perverted, and/or disrespectful to everyone, he or she doesn't deserve to be treated like a god. This applies to everyone, young, old, whatever.
    Everyone must earn respect.

  • Forgetfulness, Hallucinations, Goodness

    As people grow old, they say stuff unintentionally, lose hearing, eye sight goes bad, memories fuse together, and their sanity grows wild. Should we really listen? They are old people. Their information is totally outdated. I'm not saying you should be rude, but really? Do we really need to? We have rights too. Things change. Scientists discover. People learn from mistakes. Maybe we should let go.

  • Absolutely not!

    Many people say that older generations have wisdom and life-experience. Tom Brokaw called them the "Greatest Generation." I think many people forget that many of these "wise" older ones were against equal rights, are predjudiced against homosexuals, think women should be imprisoned as stay at home moms, and are offended by the smallest of indecencies on television. many old people hate paying taxes in their town to fund a school system because they think their children are done with school. In my experience, older people are old-fashioned, and have less light to shed on contemporary society as we give them credit for.


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