Alex Schadenberg: Five Reasons Why People Devalue the Elderly
We haven’t written about Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide for a while, but Alex Schadenberg does so tirelessly at the Euthansia Prevention Coalition blog. The post I wanted to highlight is actually written by Kitty Holman, 5 Reasons Why People Devalue the Elderly.
The short list:
- Us-versus-them mentality
- The tendency to “shoot” our weak and wounded
- Lack of compassion
- The idea that one’s value is based on what one can contribute to society
- Youth-centric culture
It’s a provocative list, be sure to click through to actually read the rationale behind each point. I’m not sure I agree with all of them, though the more I consider each one, I can see certain circumstances in which it’s relevant, in society at large and in my own personal experience.
What’s your take on the list? I think Holman captures some of the key themes, but I’m not sure that this serves as a master list.