MISSOURI, September 23, 2017 – The world is changing at what seems like a breath-taking speed. We rush headlong into the future, not taking time to glean from the past those things which make our nation and way of life strong.
We need to stop and ask, “What is the legacy we leave our children”?
If we who are senior citizens do not share our lives and wisdom with the young, then who will teach them the values and strength of character that is still needed in society? Who will model for them morality, integrity, and respect for authority? Who will teach them history and respect for their country?
A person that has six, seven, eight or more decades of life also has a clinical memory of this country’s greatest, and saddest crisis moments – The Great Depression, World War II, the bombing of Pearl Harbor, the decline of morals, and the change from an industrial society to a technological one.
We have seen and are seeing current days of crisis as well, from the bombing of the World Trade Centers in September 2001 to the continuing War on Terrorism. Senior citizens, particularly those over 75, can offer their perspective on current events in light of the history they have lived.
Let’s remember the past to remember better times, simpler times, and pleasurable times. There are times when we should long for the “good ole’ days.”
All this change going on is disturbing as we are, at times unsure of ourselves and how we fit into a society that often ignores the council of the elderly.
Some years ago, I was in the locker room after playing racquetball when a young man came up to and said “Sir if I may ask what do you do for a living as you are always dressed up in a suit and those shoes are always so shiny”.
I stopped for a minute and gave that question some thought. Now this time in my life I had retired from several executive positions in the technology field and was now a consultant for a very prestigious firm.
I told that young man that I was a consultant whereas he asked what does a consultant do? Well during my career, I have screwed up so many times and from those screw-ups, I learned what not to do. Now corporations hire me to tell them what not to do and recommend what they should do.
Basically, what I did was allowed my years of experience to help younger executives solve problems.
I would recommend to our politicians that they not just talk at, but rather listen to what their constituents, including seniors, have to say. From where I stand, the input of seniors is missing from the healthcare / Medicare debate, the immigration debate, the tax reform debate. Perhaps if they heeded our advice, they would be in a better position to lead our nation with high standards of morality, integrity, and character.
Perhaps, if they heed our advice, they would be in a better position to lead our nation with high standards of morality, integrity, and character.
Maybe the government should hire some of those retired seniors from the public and private sector rather than a bunch of politicians when they work on such things as healthcare. A village is not required to raise a child but it takes a village to complete certain tasks.
A village is not required to raise a child but it takes the whole village to complete certain tasks.
However, that’s from the time and place I am from-