Young is better than old . . . wait, what?!

By Steve Moran

When I saw the message from Micky Gorrell, the director of Senior Services at WovenLife, to an article at Vox, without any comment, my immediate thought was what the h___? Why would someone send me a political article through LinkedIn? I mean it is a business site, and unless it is directly related to senior living, I hate mixing politics and senior living. It is not good for the soul and frankly, not good for business.  

I Was Incensed

Here is the title of the article that set me off:

“It’s ridiculous that it’s unconstitutional for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to run for president.” 

Because I am stupidly curious, I decided to read the article before I blasted her for sending me something so political.  

Five paragraphs in I actually became even more incensed (but now for a very different reason) and it was then that it dawned on me as to why Mickey sent the article . . . and IT HAD NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS!

Here is what got me going . . .

You can see that I deviated from my usual practice of linking back to the source article for something like this, but it is so repugnant that I honestly hope you don’t give it any extra views.  

Just So Many Things Wrong With This

  • It displays the writer’s extreme ignorance and arrogance about growing older.

  • Donald Trump’s behavior in the White House as president has nothing to do with age. He has been out there aggressively expressing his opinion and touting his wonderfulness . . . well, pretty much . . . always!

  • “By age 70, everyone has lost a step or two both mentally and physically.” What is most frightening about this is I suspect he is not alone in believing this garbage.

  • I find myself thinking he’d be fine with every 70+ person just disappearing from the face of the earth.

It is things like this that remind us how important it is to fight ageism at every turn. I have challenged the author who’s also the founder and publisher of Vox to let me publish a rebuttal to his ageist statements, but I bet he won’t.  

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