Valuing old age

Yes, that’s true. Our civilization generally values doing and not being. It values production of any kind.

There are a lot of wrinkles here.

IT’S CULTURAL

These views are cultural and not inevitable.

It’s easy to imagine cultures that value old age. Most non-Western cultures do just that.

WESTERN CULTURE VS OTHER CULTURES

Why does our Western culture value youth while most other cultures value old age?

It may be because our society is in rapid change. “Old” knowledge and experience becomes outdated and less valuable. Young people have better quality knowledge than that of old people because it’s more current, relevant, and useful.

Other societies are more stable and highly value old knowledge and wisdom because it’s still relevant. What people learn over a lifetime is still useful and relevant. Old people have better quality knowledge than young ones.

Why is our society in rapid change? Likely partly because we value doing and innovation. (It’s also driven by consumerism. We need innovation to have an excuse to sell and buy new things.)

TIMELESS WISDOM

Even in our rapidly changing society, the wisdom that comes with age is valuable. It’s a timeless wisdom that has to do with being human, and that’s always valuable.

In our society, it’s not always appreciated. Perhaps partly because our focus is more on technology, and partly because we value innovation and new ideas even when it comes to understanding ourselves.

Of course, these “new ideas” are often timeless wisdom packaged in a new way.

QUESTIONING AGE-RELATED IDEAS

We can question any age-related ideas we have absorbed from society. What ideas do I have? Is it true?

Is it true that youth is better? Is it true that old age is useless? What happens when I hold those ideas as true? Can I find genuine examples of how the reverse is as or more true for me? How is it to live from the reversals that are more true for me?


INITIAL DRAFT

Yes, that’s true. Our civilization generally values doing and not being. It values production of any kind.

There are a lot of wrinkles here.

Perhaps because we value doing and innovation, we have a society in rapid change. That means that “old” knowledge and experience is seen as outdated and less valuable. Other societies are more stable and highly value old knowledge and wisdom because it’s still relevant.

Even in our rapidly changing society, the wisdom that comes with age is valuable. It’s not always appreciated since we tend to value innovation and new ideas over timeless wisdom. (Although the “new ideas” are often timeless wisdom packaged in a new way.)

We can question any age-related ideas we have absorbed from society. What ideas do I have? Is it true? Is it true that youth is better? Is it true that old age is useless?

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