On Ageism

Publish from April 16, 2023, filed underneath Philosophy and Every thing Else (feed).

One could argue that the massive “-isms”—like sexism, racism, ageism—return to speciesism, the concept that one was “higher” than different residing beings, or that different beings have been inferior. *

With that concept warranting a publish by itself, there are two issues that make ageism significantly silly; so silly that I’ve felt like briefly venting about it. You’re actually conscious and I perceive you to be no ageists, however let’s name these two issues out:

1. Everybody Will get Older

Every thing is growing older is how issues work in our actuality system. With the passing of time, all of us become older, which signifies that ultimately, we’re all, with out exception, topic to ageism.

That signifies that discriminating towards age is discriminating towards oneself.

That’s silly.

2. Expertise Has Super Worth

Additionally a perk of time, age often comes with expertise, which often is effective, and which often could be shared. (Age correlates with expertise and expertise correlates with worth, however it’s attainable to not have realized a lot of curiosity in a life time.)

With that, discriminating towards age is a waste of studying and progress alternatives, forcing oneself and ourselves to study issues a tough manner what others may have taught a smooth manner.

That might not be shocking, however continues to be silly.

❧ It appears to be in our curiosity to respect growing older on the whole, and to honor the outdated particularly. (There have been and there are groups of people who’ve been successful with that.) That may not solely assist stop from sowing one thing one oneself would later reap; it could as a substitute allow us to profit extra from the wealth of expertise and knowledge age brings.

That’s, how about all of us cherish growing older, and cherish the outdated,—and cherish saying “no” to ageism.

* That’s, it appears simpler to be a sexist or racist if one’s actions already result in the struggling or demise of different residing beings—actions which, ruling out gross ignorance or negligence, seem solely attainable and tolerable if one deems oneself superior to others. Which is the belief uniting the massive -isms. (Per this thesis, there can be a considerable distinction between, say, the proportion of vegans who’re racists, and the proportion of omnivores who’re racists. It doesn’t say, nonetheless,—for it doesn’t comply with logically—that each one omnivores have been racists, or that there have been no vegans who’re racists. That’s nonsense.)

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