Some cultures value old age while others value young age. Discuss both attitudes and express your opinion.
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To many cultures, old age is the symbol of wisdom and the representation of authorities. While some cultures regard age as a synonym dependencies and disabilities. These cultures tend to embrace the energy and beauty in youth but show a much lesser respect for the elderly. Because there are truths to both sides of the perspectives, nowadays we see more cultures are adopting values from each side and blending the two to create a comfortable middle-ground. I believe that old and young have something different offer the society, therefore both should be valued.
On one side, elderly people are valued for their abundance of knowledge, their previous contributions to society and their unique views because of their accumulated experiences. Old age is often associated with maturity in decisions, and the source of wisdom that cannot be learnt from books. In some cultures, old age is the evidence of good fortune and long life. Because of that, old age deserves respect and along with that respect, elderly people are often given a level of authorities.
On the other hand, youth is highly regarded and valued because it represents hope, possibilities and energy. Young people are the building blocks that possess the power to shape the future. Youngsters are also seen as pure and fresh minds that have not been contaminated the corruptions of the society. Youth also becomes the standard for beauty and old age becomes the enemy of youth. Therefore, rather than respecting and valuing the inner beauty, a negative shade has been casted old age in these cultures.
In conclusion, while youth is valued for the future prospects and old age is valued for the past contributions, both aspects are true and has strong supporting points. I believe beauty lies within both young and old age. Most importantly, both add irreplaceable values to the overall well-being of the society. I believe a middle-ground should be achieved on these two aspects that will allow us to both celebrate youth and embrace old age.
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