Out there, way out there
Clip #2: The more you know about old age, the better it looks
Before I started this project, I thought I knew what it was going to be like to get old.
What’s a prejudice? Treating people unfairly because of how we think about them—even when that opinion isn’t based on anything but unexamined feelings. Assuming, for example, that talking to someone much older or younger than you will be boring because they won’t really listen, or because you wouldn’t be interested in any of the same things.
That’s a mistake.
I'm buried in readying the umpteenth draft of my book, This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism, so I can put it into production next week. Here are two advance blurbs to whet the appetite:
The Changing Aging blog declared Independence from Ageism on the Fourth of July and named four "incredible leaders to wage this war: Dr. Bill Thomas; the late Dr. Robert Butler, who coined the term ageism; Ronni Bennett, elder-blogger extraordinaire; and Ashton Applewhite, the Imperator Furiosa of anti-ageism." Played by Charlize Theron, Furiosa is the main protagonist of this summer's Mad Max: Fury Road movie, and she is seriously badass. Make my day, and what great company to be keeping. Saddle up!
On Thursday, June 25th, I'm teaming up with the Radical Age Movement for an evening of consciousness-raising and connecting. The evening begins with my new talk, "Let's Rock This Chair: Yes to Aging, No to Ageism." Then we'll divide into small groups for an hour-long breakout session, after which Alice Fisher will talk about moving from personal to cultural change. Guaranteed to entertain, educate, and provoke—come!