Virtue unrewarded?

Author:Krishnaswamy, N.
Position:Letter to the editor

Reading the president's column in the April issue, I felt that the wheel had come round fully. In the old days, grandparents used to take children to churches, temples, sermons and lectures, answer their questions and imbue a sense of right and wrong, virtue and retribution. They also taught them to uphold their family's good name. There were scandals and unpleasant individuals, of course, but most people were orientated towards virtue by regularly studying religious books. Those scandals were examples to young people of how not to be.

The modern family has no time to train children in such values. Once, people with strict ethical conduct were respected more than the those with enormous wealth, but now the table has been turned, irrespective of how people acquire this wealth. Money can buy politicians, lawyers, judges and ministers, and it enables them to change the law. This is happening in almost all countries. Ethical values cannot be provided by legislation that allows people to commit unethical acts within the law.

Now, when people grow old they are considered to be a burden and are consigned to rest homes, whereas once they were the source of ethical and social values. In secular states, religious...

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