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Write on the customs and laws in your country that you consider most important
 
Customs are important for the identity of any country. They ensure the continuity of history and lock in the uniqueness of its people. Similarly, laws are essential for the smooth running of a country, for they spell clearly the boundaries of responsibility for every citizen and non-citizen alike.

In my country, some of the most important customs are the showing of respect for the elderly and the special rites for weddings, births and deaths. The most important laws to me are those dealing with the protection of the citizens and unfair discrimination.

Showing respect for the elderly is certainly a crucial custom that must be upheld today. The young are increasingly westernized and deluded into thinking that having a mind of their own means not having to listen to anyone else. This results in them resenting any sort of control or advice from the elderly, whom they see as old-fashioned and therefore unimportant to the modern ways. It is an Asian trait to be respectful to the elderly, but this is unfortunately much neglected these days.

Rites are a way of lending importance to ceremonies and nowhere is this more essential than in the dealings with birth, marriage and death. Such rites are so heavy with tradition and symbolism that they ensure that these important occasions are laden with significance. Thus, marriages begin with much auspicious cheer, while births are celebrated with much ceremony. Similarly, deaths are dealt with great pomp that serves to reflect the importance of the deceased. Thus, these customs must continue to be observed.

In the area of laws, I must say that one of the most important ones is the protection of the citizens. This refers to laws enacted to ensure that its citizens are safe from physical and mental harassment, as well as threats to life from direct and indirect sources. Such laws assure the citizens that the police are ever vigilant and crimes are dealt with harshly. As such, many arc deterred from committing these acts because of the severity of punishment.

Unfair discrimination is an area in which the law ensures that offenders are dealt with promptly and severely. This can be discrimination in terms of age, gender and race. Being a multi-racial society that we are, it is important that the law is impartial so that everyone is assured of fair treatment. Laws that legislate against discrimination go a long way to making sure every citizen is not unfairly treated for reasons they cannot help.

Actually, all laws are important as they regulate the lives of people living in the same society. Without laws, all will degenerate into chaos, which could spell the disintegration of that society. Similarly, customs are usually symbols of the past that define its people. Of course, not all customs are good. There are those which border more on superstition than tradition. Yet, it is important to recognize the richness of the culture that all customs originate in.

     
rites   ceremonies
     
deluded   misled
     
pomp   solemnity
 
 

 

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