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Respect your elders - and your youth

Re: "The impending war between South Korea's generations", Opinion, February 28.

The potential for intergenerational "war" is not limited to Koreans. The danger of such conflict is global and becomes more visible in times of political crisis and tension.

Therefore, on all continents, there is strong reason to pay more attention to the specific needs of each generation - the younger and the older. Such equality would help promote much-needed solidarity at all levels - in families, communities and nations, which is fundamental to the wellbeing of all societies.

There are no readymade solutions here, but education should be recognised for its vital role in preventing the threat of an intergenerational conflict. "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world," as Nelson Mandela said.

Ioan Voicu

Bangkok


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