The pressure of productivity is eroding core societal values also. The right to enjoy a meaningful, reasonably healthy and safe years of old age as long as one lives is fast being replaced by the refusal of the healthy and the younger to support the aged and infirm. The right to being cared for as long as one lives is fast being replaced by an attitude of ”Get rid of excess burden!”
Do people in their working life feel that the increasing demands of staying productive and contributing to a production oriented way of life is sapping all their resources? Do they feel guilty that they have no energy and resources for taking care of the aged and infirm? Is there a hardening of attitudes, where people do not see their parents’ efforts at providing them a fair chances of making a good life as sacrifices?
”I don’t think my parents made any sacrifices. It is their duty to provide material well-being to their children. I didn’t ask to be born. It is the responsibility of the state to take care of them. That’s why we pay so high taxes.”
- 15% of people over 65 are in long-term care systems in the Nordic countries, while
- 0,6% to 3% are the figures for Korea, Italy and Eastern Europe where state provided facilities do not exist.
Neglect Your Parents and Go to Prison in Some Countries
- About two out of three of parents who took their children to court were Chinese.
- Indians made up at least 14 per cent, and Malays at least 9 per cent.
- The number of cases has risen up from 79 cases in 2006 to 127 cases in 2008.
No one can stay young and agile eternally. In the evening time of life, one begins to lose one’s nimbleness and agility, the capacity for hard physical work and the fuller use of sensory faculties are limited for some people. It is a time for reflection on the larger questions of life. No university teaches us how live life well and then prepare for what Shakespeare calls The undiscovered country.
- Does interaction with the aged produce a sense of continuity in the younger and transmit deeper cultural values?
Studies reveal that more than half of Britons would care for ageing partners, sick parents or friends at some point in their lives.