When you get old, you’ll understand the value of honoring elders
dzehranahs dzehree bahdeevuhn eemahnas
Those desiring greatness must develop modesty and self-discipline in personal life and genuine respect for others. A youth cannot measure correctly the value of experience that comes with old age. But as a person ages, he is able to understand the difference between callow youth and seasoned maturity that recognizes the value of careful consideration of consequences of one’s actions.
The wisdom of an elder can be invaluable for a youth to learn early in life. Many time people say, “If I only knew when I was young what I know now in my old age.”
Wisdom of life – giankeen eemastoutioun
Speak with respect the candid truth
Honor your elders in your youth
When you become old and grey
You will be respected everyday
Think and act with gentle humility
Value words and acts of civility
Let others know you as responsible
Steady in virtue and reliable
Those who are tolerant remain unmoved
Serene in mind when they are reproved
If insulted or purposely harassed
They resist the flames of anger with class
Let your actions teach the dignified life
Good behavior, noble deeds all free of strife
Patience, tolerance are lessons to learn
Practiced daily, respect we will earn
Listen to the advice of elders so that misfortune does not come upon you
Muhdik erheh medzeen khuhrad vor chee hasni portzank vuhrhat
One can discern three types of people that learn things from experience, either vicarious or directly experienced. The first and best is the person who hears something and understands. For example, if a father tells his son, “My boy, please never smoke. It is a bad habit and will ruin your health.” If the son follows his father’s advice, he will greatly benefit.
The second class learner is the one who hears but must see in order to understand. If the boy hears from his father that he should not smoke and sees his friends smoking and coughing and spending their money uselessly on such a bad habit, he understands that it is truly detrimental. He hears, but he must see to understand.
The third class learner is the one who hears, sees, but must do. He hears his father say cigarette smoking is bad. He sees how his friends are suffering from the addiction. Yet, he must try it himself. By trying it, he sees that it is really a horrible habit. After some time he quits having learned his lesson by direct experience.
The fourth class, fifth class, and actually no class learner is the one who hears, sees, tries and still does not understand. Such persons are genuinely unfortunate and suffer continually by their own lack of discrimination and self control.