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Saturday, 11 March 2017

Does Society Value Older People?

People spend their whole lives learning and experiencing, a literal storehouse of knowledge accumulated in just one being. There are billions of people on Earth all with something to share, but is this being passed on as people get older and does society value older people? The young are quick to think they know it all as they travel to adulthood, but could a bit of advice be helpful along the way? Maybe more people should write personal memoir’s for their own sake and the benefit of present and future generations. No one should pass from this life without leaving some small legacy from their wealth of experience.

For millennia there has been shaman, wise woman, philosophers, priests, oracles and mystics in each village, tribe, mob or settlement. As humanity has expanded the size of its towns to towering cities, has sage advice been lost in the rush? Necessity often means employment is away from parents, grandparents and brothers and sisters. This is made harder if couples where born in different towns, though travelling is certainly quicker than it used be. Having close contact with relatives is vital in times of trial, sorrow or great joy. It is important to value the special people that grace our lives whether they are family or not!

Humanity sometimes finds itself in a position of not valuing older people in the workplace; they find it harder to get work than other age groups, though the totally inexperienced are not far behind. Older people have more knowledge from work and life experience than others and many have embraced the new technologies that all must accept in any workplace. All have something to give; from the youngest to the oldest. Appreciate the wisdom around you, speak courteously to strangers and be patient, you never know what you will discover. Know your small village, even if you live in the city. Be helpful when others need small favours. Do you know your neighbours; are there community events where you are needed regardless of age? Good neighbourhoods depend on the people in them. Find a friend or natural mentor within your family or community. Value the subtle or bold wisdom that is offered to you weather it is useful or not. Make your own decisions, but value the sages, orators and diplomat's in your life!

Sharon D Bush
Writer   Historian   Artisan   Sage     

Book: The Scrolls of Wisdom, philosophical/spiritual self-help book finished (on the final edit – looking for publishers).

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