Date: Saturday, September 19th 2015
Participants (from 10 countries):
Bangladesh: J.A.| India: Sunita, Jay, Yusuf, Vinkat | Argentina: Johny, Anibal | USA: Rick | Iran: Parmida, Ami, Liili | Philippines: Lala | Vietnam: Huong | Romania: Flory | Russia: Maria | Sudan: Seif
Panel PRO: Johny, Huong, Parmida, Maria, J.A.
Panel CON: Sunita, Anibal, Yusuf, Hamad
Audience: Lala, Flory, Jay, Ami.
- Siblings can complement each other in sharing responsibilities.
- Parents have done a lot in raising their kids; there will be a time when children can “pay them back”.
- Sometimes, a single person cannot afford the money required to support their aging parents; therefore, they need another person and who better than a sibling as long as they live nearby and have the will to do so.
- The people who know the parents best are their own children, so they are better people to bear the responsibilities of taking care of them.
- In families where the children are of the opposite sex, it can feel awkward to assist in certain things; consequently, siblings who share the same gender can undertake some of these responsibilities.
- In Asian countries, the parents will live with one of their children for the rest of their life.
- Siblings can contribute in different ways, if one has more money, they can contribute to the cost, if another has more time, they can spend time with their parents, the point is that they all contribute.
- In cases where the father or mother has a sickness that could potentially be dangerous for the people around them, it might not be safe for all the children to be there physically.
- When one of the children lives too far away, they won’t be able to come over and take on some of the responsibilities. In this case they may consider their own family to be a higher priority.
- There are cases where the mother and father did not raise the children in a healthy way, maybe the children were abused, or mistreated, and in this case the children do not have the responsibility to help their parents.
- At least one of the children should be willing to take complete responsibility, without "expecting" the others to contribute.
- Every situation is different and you cannot say that in every situation the siblings should share the responsibility.
- Flory voted for the team A
- Lala voted for the team A
- Jay voted for both teams.
However, team A won this debate. Congrats team A! There was a bonus chat after the debate and the topics were:
- If you could build your own city, how would it be?
- If you could be a super hero, who would you be?
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