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Elders Must Respect Youth Before We Expect Our Youth To Respect Our Elders

Posted in culture, Family, Health & Wellbeing, My Beliefs, My Writings, Uncategorized with tags , , on September 5, 2009 by marvynmc
Respect based on age alone and seniority without competency is a thing of the past.
China’s most famous teacher, philosopher, and political theorist, 551-479 BC, Confucius once said:

“A youth is to be regarded with respect. How do you know that his (or her) future will not be equal to our present?”

Some Elders often believe they should receive automatic immediate respect from their Youth just because of their old age.

Such Elders have forgotten that respect must first be earned by their words, actions and deeds, and not solely dependent on their age.

Respect is earned and must be returned to our Youth.

How can our Youth respect us Elders if we do not first show and demonstrate our respect for them and each other.

One day our Youth will become our Elders so it is very important that we Elders set an example for them to follow.

J.B. Priestly once said:

There was no respect for youth when I was young, and now that I am old, there is no respect for age–I missed it coming and going.

One of the main foundation cornerstone for building Respect for other People in your life begins within your own Heart, Mind and Spirit, for before you can even begin building Respect for others You must first learn to Respect Yourself.

John Herschel once said:

Self-respect is the cornerstone of all virtue.

Confucius also once said:

Respect yourself and others will respect you.

Fyodor Dostoyevsky once said:

“If you want to be respected by others the great thing is to respect yourself. Only by that, only by self-respect will you compel others to respect you.”

We Elders today have a great responsibility upon our shoulder to nurture and teach our Youth Respect so that one day our Youth may one day themselves become good Elders to their Youth.

Our Youth are not just our Future

They are in Fact our Future Elders.


Family Such Is Life Ironies…

Posted in Aboriginal, Adnyamathanha Yura Culture, Australia, culture, Family, My Beliefs, Yura Ngankini with tags , , , , on August 8, 2009 by marvynmc
Most any old man can tell you, most any old man at all,
Who has lived through all sorts of weather, winter and summer and fall,
That riches and fame are shadows that dance on the garden wall.

Family Such Is Life Ironies…

©2009 Walha Udi Marvyn McKenzie Snr

Family within Aboriginal Society or any Society for that matter,
Can be both often be your strenght or weakness,
Depends on how you get along with them,
In selfish pride or meakness.

They can often can lift you up or bring you down,
For they are often a fussy lot of people,
You just never ever know,
They can can either take down to the deepest hole or up high to the highest steeple

What can we do with or without our Family?
Nothing and Everything you may or may not desire,
But it all depends you know on who is your Family,
For they either keep you down or they will take you higher.

Family Such Is Life Ironies…