77. Respecting the Elderly, the Virtuous, and the Able
1 Respecting the elderly is a Chinese tradition, and has been for thousands of years. This is about learning how to conduct ourselves and how to become decent people. We have a number of elderly in every Hall and Chapel. When you bring persons of affinity to the Church, many of them are already elderly. They want to become a part of the Church. You cannot prefer young ones and deny the elderly. That is not possible.
2 Respect your elders, because one day you will become old as well. Treat them as you would treat your own parents, grandparents, uncles, and aunts. This is the principle of conducting one’s self and being a decent person.
3 As for the other aspect, it is also necessary to respect all able and virtuous persons. What are the criteria to account for someone to being an “able and virtuous” person? If he is more knowledgeable than I am, his virtues are higher than mine, his self- cultivation is deeper than mine, he is deemed an able and virtuous person. I must show my respect to him. I have to learn from him.
The Anthro-Celestial Research College, the Anthro-Celestial Cultivation College, October 5, 1993