I couldn't agree more with everything Bea has said in her reminiscences.We were the generation that made practically everything that's around today virtually from scratch. Yet we are the ones who've been cast off like used toilet paper.
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Its almost trite to say that its the 'filthy' Western values that have made such cruel and callous mindsets so all pervasive. Mindsets that have stripped the aged and the infirm of the last shred of dignity they possess . And what is even more pernicious -have conditioned them into a mute and passive acceptance of their lot.
Our Eastern traditions once stood in stark contrast. The 'shishya' could never hope to become a 'guru' except by undergoing an unremittingly hard apprenticeship. Age conferred experience - and even wisdom. Elders were venerated - or at least deferred to. Their perspectives and advice were sought , treasured - and ,more often than not , acted upon.
Not any more though. Our hoary traditions that have stood us in such good stead (over the centuries ) are fast being consigned to the dustbin . As we eagerly rush ( with a vengeance ) to embrace all these extremely noxious Western mores and 'values'.
(Like Sin they are far more seductive and possessed of much greater allure than hewing to the 'straight and narrow'. Like the Lowest Common Denominator they involve plumbing new civilizational lows. And like pandering to the gallery ,they are devoid of insight or profundity - though much more easily understood - and infinitely more contagious.)
The irony is that such a value system doesn't exactly inspire exhilaration in the Youth ( its main beneficiaries). In fact ,oddly enough, it's quite the opposite : youth too seem to feel they're also in for the short end of the stick .
Wilde put his finger squarely on it: "The youth of America is their oldest tradition. It has been going on now for three hundred years".
Clearly nothing has changed - nor will it.
So much for the much -vaunted Western 'creativity' and 'thinking out of the box' .