How about it? Take the poll, please. I'd like to know if respect for elders is still alive in America. Growing up, I was taught to show respect to all older people. We said "Yes sir" and "No Ma'am," didn't talk back, didn't make fun of older people. I may have been out of the States for too long, but judging by some of the young folk on the BB, that custom has gone by the wayside. They mock older people, they insult us, they condescend to us. And woe be to the old codger who rebukes the young punk. He gets it worse then! Now, Confucianism teaches the same respect for elders, so the Japanese language has a whole category of words and grammar for showing respect called keigo, or "respect words." It's starting to die out among young people though, just like in the States, and school teachers I know have shared how arrogant and disrespectful the young people are. Note that the Japanese have two concepts: true respect from the heart, and formal respect. My translation partner, Uncle Miya, illustrates formal respect as being a Marine guard who doesn't like the President but salutes the office. I believe formal respect for old folk is Biblical. Moses wrote, "Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honour the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the LORD" (Lev. 19:32). I believe also that elderly servants of Jesus Christ are "worthy of double honor" (1 Tim. 5:17). I truly respect men like Jim 1999, Dr. Bob and others who have served God faithfully for decades, even though our theology is different. We should honor them. But I don't see that in many of the young people on the BB. Thank God for those who do. This year I turn 60, and my old evangelism partner Habazaki San says that's when you turn old. I've been preaching the Word since 1970, when I was 18. I don't know. Is it worth it to someday move back to America for retirement? What are the young people like?