Thursday, April 24, 2008

Marginalisation of the Elderly

This video just seems typical of the way society treats the elderly. It's meant to be funny because it is so close to the truth. When the government gave free TV licenses to all the over-65s, I think that said a lot. They want old people to die slowly in front of the brain-draining machine, without troubling anyone, interacting with other people, etc.

Contrast that with the Biblical view where the elderly are valued for their wisdom and experience, and where grey hairs (I've got a few) are valued for that rather than covered up by dying it and where people who don't look after their elderly relatives "have denied the faith and are worse than unbelievers".

Mind you, society is increasingly treating the young appallingly as well - stopping them from all the normal things they could be doing and then blaming them for entertaining themselves in the only way that society seems to present as a viable option (lots of alcohol).

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