Respect for elders: a crime deterrent?
Is there a correlation between presence of a respected elder in a community, and safety?
This is a personal story of a moment of feeling unsafe in Kingston, Jamaica. I was walking alone in early evening and soon noticed that I was being followed by a man who made me very uncomfortable. I looked for the nearest commercial establishment which was a jerk chicken shack. A woman who looked to be in her seventies sat outside at a table and looked the situation up and down. She saw me, looking alarmed, and the man - who from her expression seemed to have a reputation - and immediately knew what was happening. In a flash, she was out of her seat and started yelling at the man, waving her handkerchief in the air, and successfully shooed him away.
She was clearly in charge. The man scurried away, looking ashamed, and she shook her head in annoyance at what had transpired.
It got me thinking about respect for elders - and how the presence of a respected elder may lead to improved safety in some communities around the world.