When we’re young, we’re often told to “respect our elders”, often by bitter adults who just want to sound self-important. Of course, we’re happy say “respect your elders”, while simultaneously sticking old people into retirement homes where they wither and die, all while slowly succumbing to the idea that they’re old.
I may be one of the young generation, but that doesn’t mean I can’t have an opinion on the way we treat the older generation, or more specifically, the way we hypocritically claim to respect the elderly while use retirement homes to get revenge on them.
That’s right, I firmly believe that the concept of a retirement home is based on two things.
- The dominance of youth in our culture
I can’t help but think that a lot of old people who are in retirement are sent their by their spiteful offspring, who do this as a symbolic act of revenge on the people who used to tell them what to do all the time. If that’s true, evidently those people have no idea of how to put things into perspective. Yes, I was p*ssed off every time the adults told me what to do when I was a kid, and I didn’t like my parents deciding things for me, but that doesn’t mean I would put them in a retirement home.
Think about it. In a retirement home, the old people have everything done for them. This may sound comforting, but think about for a moment. If you have everything done for you, then you invariably have no reason to do anything yourself, and you lose the ability to do anything yourself, because now you depend on someone else, both mentally and physically. When you get old, and you get stuck in a retirement home, all that will eventually happen is that you’ll degenerate fairly quickly, and all you’ll have left to do is to wait until you eventually arrive at death’s door.
The idea of a retirement home is based on the outdated notion that old people are useless, as is the very idea of a mandated age of retirement. Why should people be forced to retire just because they’re old? What if old people still want to work past 65? Does that simply not matter?
Besides, not every old person needs or wants to be in a retirement home, and not every old person needs a social worker to look after them. My grandmother, for instance, is eighty years old, and is living independently.
Overall, if we really respected our elders, why would we even think of them as useless? If we really respected our elders, why would we just toss them into retirement homes where they degenerate faster than if they aren’t in retirement homes? I think it’s time we thought about the way we see old people, especially if we still have the outdated notion that old people have had their fun.