Essay # The older generations tend to have very traditional ideas about how people should live, think and behave.

IELTS Writing Task # Essay

The older generations tend to have very traditional ideas about how people should live, think and behave. However, some people believe that these ideas are not helpful in preparing younger generations for modern life. 

To what extent do you agree or disagree with this view? 

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.


The generation gap is widening at a startling rate. The younger generation taking advantage of modernization and fast moving world are neglecting the traditional values given by their ancestors. They are inclining more towards modern ideas and beliefs offered by the contemporary world. I moderately believe that traditional ideas are useful but considering them entirely impractical cannot be agreed upon. 

On one hand, some beliefs of our forefathers are becoming less applicable in modern lives. In the past, people were given jobs as their birth right but in the present times, jobs are offered keeping in mind the caliber of an individual. Further to this argument, caste and gender system that was valid in the traditional times is replaced by equality rights for everyone irrespective of their caste and gender in my country. In fact, many practices like Sati system and dowry system which were considered traditional in earlier days are removed from the society for good. 

On the other side, our ancestors believed in humanity and it is our duty to take forward good values and beliefs we learned from them. There are some ideas and beliefs that are even applicable in the contemporary society. Values such as honesty, hard work, helping the needy are lessons taught to us by our forefathers and they need to be carried on.

In the end, I believe that people will lead a life full of solace and peace if they follow both contemporary and conventional ideas in their day to day activities. The traditional ideas cannot be completely irrelevant as they hold some importance even today.

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