Gilyaks - Murakami's 1Q84 - AtoZChallenge

I got introduced to many books while reading this one. Chekov is referred to more than once and one of the protagonists of 1Q84 is reading Chekov's non-fiction work, Sakhalin Island. The part about Gilyaks, the indigenous people of Sakhalin finds special mention in this book.
And the part that has stayed with me after months of having read it is this:

'They [Gilyaks] are perky, intelligent, cheerful, and feel no stand-offishness or uneasiness whatever in the company of the rich and powerful. They do not recognize that anybody has power over them, and, it seems, they do not possess even the concept of "senior" and "junior". People say and write that the Gilyaks do not respect family seniority either. A father does not think he is superior to his son, and a son does not look up to his father but lives just as he wishes; an elderly mother has no greater power in a yurt than an adolescent girl.'

Is it just me who finds the idea of having no regard for the elders pause-worthy? It was something that I had never even thought of being possible. I know not everyone looks up to his/her elders and I realize that not all elders deserve it either.
But that's not 'the normal'.
It's not about right or wrong, it's about knowing the differences and accepting them, I guess.

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Murakami's 1Q84
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