The Venerable, Not the “Old”


I didn’t give much thought until I became afflicted, too.

My mother, possibly the sweetest person on earth, lamented, “I feel like people don’t like old people.”

You need to watch this video if you think you’ll live past forty.

The speaker is Scilla Elworthy, a peace builder and founder of The Oxford Research Group. She’s been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize three times. She makes excellent points about maturation. There’s such a stigma with the word “old” and “aging.” We are all getting older, day by day. If we’re open to learning and truly get wiser, then we are “distinguished” and respectable, not old.

4 thoughts on “The Venerable, Not the “Old”

  1. Ah, but we become invisible, regardless of our contributions, and the western world has a short attention span. My favorite, coming form the music biz, was when some kid on the street got interviewed about Kanye West and Paul McCartney and the kid’s response was along the lines of how nice it was Kanye gavethat old white dude a hand up, you know?
    Sheesh. What the young and the age bigots fail to ecognize is that of all things age is the great equalizer. Like my cardiologist said – “Take your meds, live the life you’re given. Nobody gets out alive.” Even the young and vibrant who will one day become the irrelevant and decrepit relics they despise.

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