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Water is for the Young, Work is for the Old

Serhat from Turkey

Turkish young people
Photo: Bora Ozuturk
Old people have got the duty to teach about life to young children and to help them in their difficult positions; they have to give advice to find the best solutions.

In Turkey, we have a valuable idiom that is "Water is for the young, the work is for the old."

This means the young have got the right to do something first. For example, when two people are thirsty, they young one first drinks the water.

However, they always have to listen very carefully while old people are speaking. I accept this value very much and try to do that in my life.

My country is a very old and historical place. Because of this, our values are very important for the people, and in Turkey there is great respect for the old people.

For example, in a group of old people start to talk, everyone has to listen to them very quietly and try to receive the advice that the old people are giving. This value has been carried out since the Ottoman Empire and is still used in our life. Therefore, to respect someone is a very important issue in our country.

In addition to this, old people have got the duty to teach about life to young children and to help them in their difficult positions; they have to give advice to find the best solutions. On the other hand, young people have got the priority to do something. This shows that there is a huge affection for young children. This attitude will help them to grow up in the right way, and it will be very worthwhile for their culture.

In addition to this, young people learn how to act as advisors when they become adult. In my opinion, our country's benefits of values are seen in every part of our lives, such as in family meetings or in our traditional holidays.

I believe these kinds of values are very important for countries. Because by these values, the communities will stand forever; it will be hard to destroy these kinds of countries which obey their values and customs.

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