On Ageism

Submit from April 16, 2023, filed below Philosophy and Every little thing Else (feed).

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

With that concept warranting a submit by itself, there are two issues that make ageism notably 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 little thing is getting older is how issues work in our actuality system. With the passing of time, all of us become older, which implies that ultimately, we’re all, with out exception, topic to ageism.

That implies 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 will be shared. (Age correlates with expertise and expertise correlates with worth, but it surely’s doable to not have discovered 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 be taught issues a tough manner what others may have taught a comfortable manner.

That will not be stunning, however remains to be silly.

❧ It appears to be in our curiosity to respect getting older generally, and to honor the previous particularly. (There have been and there are groups of people who’ve been successful with that.) That will not solely assist stop from sowing one thing one oneself would later reap; it will as an alternative allow us to learn extra from the wealth of expertise and knowledge age brings.

That’s, how about all of us cherish getting older, and cherish the previous,—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 loss of life of different residing beings—actions which, ruling out gross ignorance or negligence, seem solely doable 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 share of vegans who’re racists, and the share of omnivores who’re racists. It doesn’t say, nevertheless,—for it doesn’t observe 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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