RESPECT AND SOCIAL DEGRADATION


RESPECT AND SOCIAL DEGRADATION
by Ven. M. Longyen Sakya

Show respect to get respect. He who does not respect others has no respect for himself. 对人不尊敬的人,首先就是对自己不尊重。對人不尊敬的人,首先就是對自己不尊重。人々を尊重しない人々は自分自身のための尊敬を持っていません。

Being a good listener and ensuring people know that they’ve been heard are keys to earning public confidence let alone in personal intercourse.

Today, this generation of young people (age 7 – 40) lacks the capacity for respect to authorities, elders, and their own parents. These are signs of social degradation. They are lovers of themselves, narcissists of the worst kind, brought up by baby-boom and post baby-boom parents and grandparents, especially in families with only one child. From very young, the child has been treated like princes and princesses. If not drastically corrected by their own self-awareness, this generation of young people will be bumps and leeches of society, dragging not only its economy down but also its moral standards.

If you are between the age of 7 and 40, ask yourself how well you respect the authorities, starting with your parents* at home, teachers at school, or simply the traffic lights on the streets.

*佛言:欲生彼國者, 必修三福。一者、孝養父母,奉事師長,慈心不殺,修十善業。

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