Forgetting one's past and roots amounts to pride and ignorance unless the person is affected by amnesia or lunacy. This is the reason we need to know the history and heritage of our family and world in particular, and the evolution of life in general. Even animals and birds remember their bases to return home after day-long trips, but human conveniently ignores those who shaped his career so far. The fruits can't take credit for their nicety neglecting the underground roots. An elegant and mammoth tower rests on the strong foundation only. Our body sans the bones will look like a deflated tube. A person should not forget the parents and others after achieving his or her growth and prosperity. A real incident will amplify the point.
A childless couple adopted and brought up a poor boy with all comforts and goodness of life. The lad became a talented engineer and secured placement in a reputed company. The caring couple duly got him married to a beautiful girl and gifted their estate retaining a tiny apartment. Unfortunately, the foster son deserted the old couple to live with his new wife. The systems of family and society are in place to avert waywardness and create involvement in life.
Adherence to the customs and rituals of a family cannot be branded as orthodox or outdated. Actually, such practice leads to peace and happiness in the society. For example, the heirs of erstwhile kingdoms strictly indulge in charity to distribute gifts to the public on special occasions like birthday, festivals, etc.. In fact, they share their wealth with others. All over the world, people celebrate festivals to remember and thank the Nature for the good rainfall and harvests. In the same way, a person should never forget the teachers who taught the lessons for life, the farmers providing the nourishment of growth, and the profession or employment for livelihood. Sharing the benefits of what we gained so far with others is the right way of expressing gratitude to the society at large.
Our life revolves around the Nature for sustenance and posterity. The advent of science and technology coupled with the ever-growing greediness of human beings have caused the irreversible damages to Nature affecting our own existence. Deforestation, Inorganic farming, excessive dependence on machines, genetic alteration techniques, etc. are a few examples that show man's departure from the Nature. The consequences are already visible as climatic change, drought, emergence of new diseases and disorders, etc.. Newton's law 'Any action has a reaction' is bound to apply if we don't mend our ways immediately. None will respect the one that fails from appreciating the past. An honest soul always reverberates with good thoughts and deeds.