Here’s two worthwhile pieces on growing old:
This, Fighting against ageism and this, Aging is inevitable, so why not do it joyfully? Here’s how.
How we see growing old is a cultural thing. When I first went to pick out a photo, I decided on the first one of the man running. Because I am a product of my culture, as they say. I see being fit and young and productive as valuable. Especially in our culture, being able to produce is highly valued. That’s why ageism occurs. If you show signs of age, people assume you will produce less. So your value decreases to them.
Then I saw the picture below. In other cultures, being able to sit and converse with your friends is valuable. These people are not being productive. They are not trying to look young. They are being social. They are being human.
I think we have problems in our society because for many the chief purpose of humans is to produce, to be productive. As long as that is true, we will have problems with ageism. True, we need times of our life to be productive, but we also need times for growth, times for rest and reflection. To combine all those times effectively is to live a good life. A life where all humans at all times of their lives are valued.
(First Photo by Lisa Wall on Unsplash. Second Photo by Cristina Gottardi on Unsplash )
Here’s something to ponder on a Sunday:
The rich were meant to have the most leisure time. The working poor were meant to have the least. The opposite is happening.
That is extracted from this: The Free-Time Paradox in America – The Atlantic
It’s a fascinating study of work and leisure and why it is not what many expected.
Two links worth reading on Finland and UBI: this one and this one.
Essentially, Finland did a form of UBI and it didn’t work. Those for UBI will argue it was implemented poorly. Those against UBI will argue those people are purists and in fact UBI will never work.
I think there are limits to UBI, but the Finnish implementation was poor. I think it can be done better than that. Read the two pieces in the New York Times and decide for yourself.
Reading this, Japan’s Prisons Are a Haven for Elderly Women – Bloomberg, you realize just how terrible prison is as a means of solving any social ills. All of the women in this piece could have better ways to deal with their problems. They lack money or social connections, and prison is the worst way of providing those. Yet that is where they go to solve their problems.
It’s a good piece. And a good reminder of why with a few exceptions, prisons are a poor way to deal with problems.
(Image from twenty20.com)