Old and Young People

In some countries, old people are highly valued while in some culture, young people are highly valued. Discuss both views and give your opinion.


News about elderly being abandoned or suicide in certain countries has been frequently reported but there are also elderly who enjoy the welfares given by their nations. Youngsters, on the other hand, are highly valued in terms of resources, education, salary. In my opinion, in countries with ageing problems and culture which emphasis on respecting the elderly value their elder citizens while the youngsters energetic personality, however, either in different countries or cultures, old and young people should be equally important due to our aging population.

Old people are respectable in certain countries with ageing population problem. The reason is because they are needed to contribute to the work force to suppress the shortage problem of manpower. In Singapore, old people are encouraged to continue working after their retiring age so that they can also be the trainers to pass their skills to the younger generation. In return, the government of Singapore provides elderly care service and healthcare subsidies to them. This is an action that can ensure a joyful retiring age as retirees have less financial burden and sound health. As a result of the growing aging population, the old are not the group should be neglected and must be respected according to their personal traits and qualities.

Moreover, the culture of a country also affects the importance of the elderly. Asia countries which are heavily influenced by filial piety in Chinese culture respect their elderly. This culture values the efforts and sacrifices the elderly have made to raise their children to become a well being. Hence, it is presumed that the younger generation takes care of the elderly. If the government members are also influenced by such culture, benefits such as social welfare, accommodation and medical subsidies policy will be provided for the old as part of the nation’s development. By doing so the younger can show their gratitude to their parent even .

On the other hand, young people are valued higher in some cultures mainly because of their energetic and creativity personality. Comparing to their parents, young people can learn faster and adapt to new environment easily. This is an advantage when companies culture of working in fast pace are hiring. For instance, a university graduate can easily accommodate to the company working style because they are still a white paper while which makes them more flexible. Older generation may find it harder to get used to as their formal etiquette, culture, style will affect their workload. Under such circumstances, young people will be more important than the elderly.

From my point of view, both old and young generation share the same value because both generations are complementary. For instance, youngsters lack of the knowledge to fulfill their dreams although being energetic and passionate, older people can provide them the suggestion, social network, advice, and experience which has been accumulated through their working years.  For this reason, whether in which country or culture, both age groups should be emphasized equally.

In a nutshell, in some countries old citizens are valuable mainly because of the ageing problems and the influence from the majority culture which respect old citizens. While certain culture thinks young people are important is likely because they have the energy to learn and adapt new environment.



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