An old person does not have the physical ability of a young person. Walking may be worth the effort. Crossing a road can be impossible without assistance. This busy world is certainly not kind to old folks. Crossing a road is just one problem they encounter, getting onto a bus is another. The old person is usually the last to get on, if he manages. I have heard a story about a bus conductor telling an old man to wait for the next bus because his bus was full. If the old man does get on, the likelihood is that he will have to stand, and this not good for his old bones.
Rarely does anyone give up his seat for an old man, or woman. Modern society is built by the young for the young. These are dynamic creations that does not give much consideration to the old, sick, handicapped or incapable. They are merely tolerated as a very big liability or nuisance. So these hardly wanted people face many problems in their everyday living. In the old days, most people did not go too far from their birthplace and thus families usually stayed together. The family unit is strong and practical.
Today the family unit is breaking apart as young men and women travel widely in search of better jobs. So the chances are that the old folks will be left alone and neglected. Sometimes they are not wanted by their children at all. The luckier ones may have a child or two staying with them. The less fortunate ones may have to pine their lives away in old folks home or in their now empty house that once was filled with the sound of children’s laughter. This neglect is a very real problem in our society and it is what the old dread most – being unwanted and uncared for in the time of need.
The old, who were once young, helped to make the present society, and now they pay the price of their former neglect of the old. They themselves are neglected and unappreciated in turn. The young have no time for the old even though the old have virtually no time left. Soon they will die and the young will take their place. To solve this problem we must understand that the responsibility for these elderly people is just for us, their children. And for this purpose it’s important to form in the younger generation the consciousness of the value of family, a sense of deep respect, reverence to parents.