Traditional Ideas

traditional values

The older generations tend to have very traditional ideas about how people should live, think and behave. However, some people believe that these ideas are not helpful in preparing younger generations for modern life. To what extent do you agree or disagree with this view?

Many older people believe that traditional values often seem incompatible with needs of younger people. While I agree that some traditional ideas are outdated, I believe that other values are still relevant nowadays.

On the one hand, many of the ideas that elderly people have about life are becoming less relevant for younger people at this moment.  In the past, for example,  people were advised to learn hereditary profession for securing their life, but today’s workers expect much more variety and diversity in their careers. At the same time, the rules that elderly will chose for their daughter about who and when to marry are being eroded because as young adults can make their own choices. But perhaps the greatest disparity between the generations can be seen in their attitude towards gender roles. The traditional roles of men and women, as breadwinners and housewives, are no longer accepted by most young people.

On the other hand, some traditional values are certainly applicable to modern world. For example, older generations consider working hard and taking pride in someone’s work as important matter, and these behaviours can surely benefit young people as they enter today’s competitive jobs. Other characteristics that are perhaps seen as traditional are politeness and good manners. In our globalised world, young adults will contact with people with huge variety of backgrounds, and it is better than ever to treat others with respect.

In conclusion, although the views of older people may sometimes seem unhelpful in today’s world, we should not dismiss all traditional values.


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