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Posted on Apr 6, 2010

What Noam Chomsky has to say about globalization, why older is wiser, and proof that at least two of the three bozos who most wrecked the economy still don’t get it.

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In social dealings, being older is being wiser
It turns out grandma was right: Listen to your elders. New research indicates they are indeed wise — in knowing how to deal with conflicts and accepting life’s uncertainties and change.

Noam Chomsky: Globalization Marches On
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By Caro, April 7, 2010 at 6:21 am Link to this comment

Here’s another study:

Growing older = Becoming more original

(UPI) [A Swedish researcher] says older people are
usually thought of as a rather homogenous group—
ill, lonely and unable to take care of themselves.
However, differences among people actually grow with
age and stereotypes of the aged are not based on

[The] study found social mechanisms strengthened
one’s identity, helping maintain self-esteem through
successful responses to challenges and promoting
conversational support that may help promote longer

“Taken together, these mechanisms also contribute to
increased everyday activity, which has some
beneficial physical effects,” [researcher Bo]
Eriksson said.

Carolyn Kay

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By C.Curtis.Dillon, April 7, 2010 at 6:07 am Link to this comment

In defense of “older” people (being one)

Like all humans, what we do with our knowledge has a lot to do with how we see life.  Some take what they’ve learned and develop “wisdom” which is the ability to offer hard won understanding from years of experience.  Others take the same knowledge and become bitter or angry because they have seen so much hypocrisy and stupidity which makes them cynical.  Unfortunately, others become afraid because they know how vulnerable they are as age slows their physical and mental abilities.  The TEA party crazies may fall into this latter category.

The young have education and clever minds but lack any sense of history.  Older people have a vast store of knowledge and “wisdom’ but lack the quickness of the young.  The two sides should work together and then have both quickness and wisdom ... what an interesting concept?

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By Caro, April 6, 2010 at 2:44 pm Link to this comment

To Hulk2008:

>>Maybe living longer than others just means they
learned to be greedier and more self-serving than
their peers.

I think different people act differently as they age,
and I don’t think generalizing is as easy as the
authors of the study make it sound. Some people
become more fearful and selfish, and others become
more inclusive and giving.

But what really made me angry about the study was its
assumption that being conciliatory is a part of
wisdom. It’s impossible to be conciliatory with right
wingers except to give them 150% of what they want,
and never stand in their way. But if we did that, the
country would be in worse shape than it already is.

My own prayer is to gain the serenity to accept the
things I cannot change, the courage to change the
things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Letting crazies run all over you is not wisdom.

Carolyn Kay

Carolyn Kay

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By Hulk2008, April 6, 2010 at 12:05 pm Link to this comment

To Caro:

Unfortunately, a lot of our elders (like my own stepmother) ARE right-wing crazies. 

e.g. Stepmom’s convinced the Mexicans are taking her social security checks (and Medicare of course)..... even though the money is automatically deposited into her checking account. 

Maybe living longer than others just means they learned to be greedier and more self-serving than their peers.  Homo sapiens out-competed and killed off the neanderthals; but all the neanderthals - an otherwise peaceful bunch - wanted to do was eat mastodon steaks.

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By Caro, April 6, 2010 at 9:08 am Link to this comment

>>knowing how to deal with conflicts

Which of our elders knows how to deal with the right-
wing crazies?

Carolyn Kay

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By Tim Kelly, April 6, 2010 at 3:54 am Link to this comment
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Why is there an ad for Henry McMaster saying “Obamacare is unconstitutional” and “you can join Henry and throw it out?”  Either Truthdig is not screening their ads or their true colors are starting to show.

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