Drudge report carried a story today about an 84-year-old man who was savagely beaten by young males who were apparently playing a game called “Get The Old Geezer.” It isn’t clear to me whether there is actually a game that is played with this title or if the man made up the name to describe what the boys were doing. It seems to have been the latter. No material possessions were taken from the man.
America has a definite problem when it comes to aging and respect for the elderly. Young people seem to believe that they are never going to be old and that they are superior to those who have lived longer. Both beliefs are pretty ridiculous. If the young do not become old it means they are going to die young when those who are older have actually achieved more simply because they have survived. Not only have they made it through each age, most will have made gains each year so that even with the natural slowing down that occurs with the aging process, most have the wisdom that can be gained only through experience.
Do not cast me off in the time of old age; Do not forsake me when my strength fails. Psalm 71:9
A good reason youth should not despise age is that they are not far enough removed from the elderly to make a significant difference. Tomorrow the youth will be the middle-aged person and the middle-aged person will be the senior. Time is so fleeting that any two people who occupy space on this planet at the same time are very much connected as contemporaries. We are creating the social climate in which we wish to live as elderly adults by how we treat those who are our elders. May God have mercy on those young men who raised their hands against Jim Shea, a former vice president of university relations for Temple University.