The Cosmic Journeyman
- Sep 29, 2005
- Creative Industrialist
As Black people we can't afford to throw away any one of us--young or old and anyone in between.
I have a great amount of respect for our Black youth, even if I don't always agree with some of the choices they make, and tell them so.
I have no desire to take away anyone's right to make choices. But I do believe it's important (for me it's almost an obligation) to share what I've learned through experience, with younger people, whenever the opportunity presents itself. However, I believe it's important not to "preach at" anyone and to never give advice unless it's asked for. That's something I consciously work on.
I don't believe it should be an expectation for younger people to seek out or hold people in reverence just because they're older, but whenever I'm treated with respect and viewed as an elder, it is a good feeling and it makes me want to be a better example, as a result.
I believe it's important to build community among Black people whereby we understand and appreciate the value of our people in all age groups.
I believe it's possible to build upon the past, incrementally, to improve our situations and circumstances with each generation.
Very well stated. Some among us seem to think that because they are older, this means they should automatically be respected by our youth, but what do they have to offer when they come across as old and bitter?
Plenty of old fools out here who the youth are afraid of. Because of the way they carry themselves and their own backwardness.