As we approach the waning years of our lives, it is our human culture and tradition for our children and/or our society to care for us, until it is time for us to depart.
So, is it fair for humans to burden their children with the responsibility of caring for their elderly parents?
If we use the argument of repayment of debt as owed by the children to their parents for raising them, then might the children not be well justified in arguing conversely that since they had no say in their being born, raising them is not so much a debt incurred by them as it is a time-period pay down on a responsibility voluntarily undertaken by the parents?
Additionally, wouldn't the children consider the love and joy and happiness and pride they gave their parents in turn as substantial payoff for any hardships the parents may have faced while raising them?
Finally, as the progenitors, aren't the parents actually the one's who are in debt to their children for continuing their family line and, thereby, giving the parents access to a form of immortality?
In the final analysis, the idea of children caring for their elderly parents is really at the mercy of the parents and no one else, for it is the parents who train and educate the children.
If raised the right way, the parents can instill in their children true love and devotion and a fervent need to be caring of others.
If all else fails, parents can always use the fall back plan of encouraging their children with good old fashioned guilt.
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