Do you think we make the same mistakes as our parents?
Most college students go through a stage of rebellious, moral, and social ideals of their parents. Their rejection is usually dramatic and angry. The parents are hurt and resentful. They sacrifice and support their children only to find them turning against everything the family believes in and reveres.
To honor our parents is to recognize that they have fulfilled their responsibility as best they could. They have made the necessary sacrifices. They have preserved and improved life where they were able.
Of course, they made mistakes. So did their parents, and the generation that preceded them. So will the generation that follows them. We can recognize these mistakes. There is no aim at dishonor in the new generation’s striving to be better than the preceding one. But each generation must be aware of the debt it owes and the foundation that was laid for the children to build a better life.
To honor our parents, then means that we foster a deep recognition of how fortunate we are. Those who have gone before us have given so much. Through them we received the gifts that were showered on all mankind. In honoring our parents we show our gratitude for all creation.
Parents are asked, in return, to live in a way that encourages children to accord honor. We pay our debt to those who have preceded us by sharing in the continuing creation of a world of peach and harmony for our children.
To honor and be honored are two of life’s greatest joys. The reverence and esteem we give and receive nourish and heal us.
The world offers lots of phony substitutes for honor: flattery, prestige, fame, popularity. We don’t need to settle for poor imitations. We can give and receive honor in all that we do and say. True honor comes to us through our work as stewards of the earth, caring for our world and passing it beauty and riches to all those who follow.