Love for elders
In its 89-year history, yesterday's visit by
the staff of the Daily News to the Gamini Matha Home for Elders at
Hunupitiya, is bound to go down in the history of the newspaper as one
of its most memorable and joyous moments. What better way to celebrate
an anniversary than to bring joy and warmth into the hearts of the
elders of this country.
The elders relished our acts of kindness towards them inasmuch as we
enjoyed distributing among them a few gifts, to purchase which we used
some of our personal income.
The event at the elders' home was one of the most meaningful ways to
mark the 89th anniversary of the founding of the Daily News - an event
about which we have already elaborately reported and commented on.
The rationale behind the Daily News staffers' visit to the elders'
home was to highlight the need for continuous public reverence and
respect for our elderly population. We hope we have helped in raising
public awareness on this vital need by sharing the joy of our
anniversary with the inmates of the Gamini Matha Elders' Home.
Thanks to the core values of our traditional culture, which is in
turn fertilised by our major religions, the average Lankan continues to
shower some kindness and respect for his or her elders, although there
are quite a few exceptions to the rule.
With the withering away of the extended family, the practice of
caring for elders has come under some strain in most family units but it
would be quite some time before the ideal of respecting and caring for
elders comes under a major assault, triggered mainly by mounting
However, elders' homes are gradually on the increase and this is
proof of the fact that quite a few elders among us are going uncared for
or are being neglected. This is a distressing trend which needs to be
fully arrested if we are to continue to earn the label of being a
Caring for elders is a natural outgrowth of the sacredness of the
family and if we are continuing to care for our elders it only means
that the institution of the family is still somewhat intact in the local
culture. Therefore, the continued fostering of the family and connected
values would ensure continued security for our elders because the family
is the matrix in which love and consideration for humanity is fostered
It is our hope, therefore, that the State, the private enterprise
sector, the media and all those concerned with the future of the country
would take it upon themselves to consider ways and means of
consolidating family values in our culture.
We at the Daily News are happy that we have contributed our mite
towards this noble cause. We hope the candle which we have lit 'in the
darkness' would prove a guiding light in the worthy venture of bringing
more and more love and kindness for our elders.
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