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Ageism

29/05/2016

When you are becoming old joyously, old age has a beauty of its own, a grandeur of its own, a ripeness, a maturity, a centring. Young people have nothing compared to the experienced, who have lived life and who know it is all just a game.

The moment a person comes to the point where the whole life is just a game, his old age is so beautiful, so graceful; no young person can be compared to it. His white hair will look like white snow — just on the highest peak of the mountains. He will die with joy. He has lived his life, now he is entering into a new phase — death. He will not be reluctant. If he accepted old age joyously, he will accept death also dancingly. He will go with death dancing. ~Osho

Ageism is discrimination against persons of old age—people like me. There is a stupid if not an idiotic tendency to regard older persons as debilitated, unworthy of attention, or unsuitable for employment. Among them are prejudicial attitudes towards older people, old age, and the aging process; discriminatory practices against older people; and institutional practices and policies that perpetuate stereotypes about older people. I record instances of ageism against me, and the list is growing, and I’m pissed-of living in this discriminatory culture. I want to remind these discriminatory sods that their turn will come. Remember, as ye sow, so shall ye reap.

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Unfortunately, many old people fit this stereotype in every which way. They follow the search of comfort that intensifies on reaching retirement age. Comfort requires no search if it is part of the dominant culture and endlessly repeated on the mainstream media and further amplified by the mindless repeating of clichés. The quest for comfort is problematic and avoids learning, experiencing, personal growth/development. Comfort is familiar. No challenges. No learning. No new experiences. Doldrums. No growth. Fear stops many from pursuing their dreams, and cause them to give up and give in, keeping them prisoner in their comfort zone. Whereas, life is not about being comfortable. It’s about pressing forward out of our comfort zones. It’s about getting up everyday and accepting whatever challenge we are faced with, and staying faithful to our truths. That’s how we make the most of our life.

Rather the search for discomfort than the dominant all pervasive consumption model created by advertising, obsolescence and credit. This enslaves, cripples, and indebts people who are powerless to respond.

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