A Long Way Gone

The importance of respecting your elders

The way elders are respected throughout the book, how this changes and why it is important.

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There is an honor to respecting elders before the war started. Elders were considered wise; they had stories they would pass down which acted as parables or cautionary tales for children. This changes as child soldiers are indoctrinated into a very violent ideology. Elderly people are seen as sick and disposable: they are acceptable collateral damage.