Akhandadhi Das, a Vaishnav Hindu teacher and theologian 
Wednesday, 6 July, 2011, 07:14 AM - Be nice, Old age
Rating 3 out of 5 (Fairly platitudinous)

Be nice to old people. Hindus do.

When you're a child you are dependent on older people. When you're old, you are dependent on younger people. When you're neither too young nor too old, you aren't dependent on anyone, but you might want to consider looking after people who are too old or too young.

Hindus have multi-generational homes. This seems to work quite well. You might want to consider doing things the way Hindus do it because it seems to work so well. Don't be in such a rush to put mum and dad in a home. Hindus don't do that.

In one of the Hindu Big Books of Magic Stuff, there's a story of an old man who asks if one of his five sons will swap his infirmity for their youth. Four sons selfishly refused, but the fifth said yes, because without his father he wouldn't have a life to lead, and I believe his mother was also involved somewhere along the line.

Your parents gave you your invisible magic bit, so don't put them in a home. If you're really lucky, your own children, whom you gave their invisible magic bits, won't put you in a home either. Doing it this way is the Hindu way.

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