Why is it important to respect your elders? Growing up in many Jamaican households if not all, an important rule to remember was to respect your elders. For some, this meant not passing your elders on the road without saying “good morning, good afternoon, or good evening”. It also meant not to interfere in adult’s affairs and as a child ‘yuh fi know yuh place’. In so doing, when adults have a disagreement that results in malice, particularly among elderly folks as a child you are not allowed to get involved.

In today’s society often time we see children or young people disrespecting and dishonouring their elders. Discrimination against the elderly is also another major issue in our society. This is evident in instances where young people treat elders poorly because they are moving too slowly in a transaction line or harassing them due to age. Some find it funny while others detest it and find it distasteful.

Youtube’s Uniquely Me Tv Show Host, Author and Motivational Speaker, Simone Shaw Stewart and Recording Artiste and Philanthropist, Jodian Adira Pantry shares their views on the importance of respecting your elders. Watch it here: