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Trip: Age discrimination in modern society

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Monday February 3 2020 04:09:53 PM

Date: from Feb 3, 2020 to Feb 3, 2020

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Age discrimination in modern society

Introduction

            Discrimination was and continues to be a sensitive topic, even though it was turned into a buzzword by the media. There is no denial in the existence of racial, gender, and other types of discrimination, you can find an essay about those types easily. however, people seem to forget about another type, the one that is not talked about by everybody – age discrimination in society. That is why I decided to go the ancient Greek times, Aristotle, Argead Dynasty, and Alexander the Great to uncover some of the things that we are experiencing today, thus projecting the ancient, long lost traditions on the reality.

Ancient Greece and age discrimination

            Let us begin with Aristotle. He is known as the locus classicus, the original source, for the age discrimination in the Ancient Greek society. You may remember him from that essay that wanted you to use ethos, pathos, and logos. Anyway, the famous philosopher was against the participation of young people in politics, and his statements were pretty harsh. You could make a whole sample of the statements about young people and politics:

  • they are deficient in living;
  • they are easily swayed by the emotions;
  • they have no experience at all.

            As it is possible to see, quite an impressive list, which is way longer if you delve in the topic. After all, Ancient Greece is an interesting topic and you can find lots of essay examples about it. Aristotle was also the mentor of the most famous representative of Argead Dynasty, Alexander the Great. So, you might consider one thing about Alexander the Great – how one of the most famous and successful emperors succeeded in politics after being mentored by the philosopher with strong views towards age discrimination? Well, it is a good one, and I assume that it has to do to the coincidence or something else, but he was forced to become a ruler at a young age because of the military campaign of his father, Philip. During his absence, the Thracian Maedi revolted against Macedonia and Alexander was able to drive them away. Quite an impressive feat for a young man who barely reached the maturity age that we are used to. Later, he became one of the most prominent conquerors in the history of the world.

Modern days and age discrimination

            So, Aristotle basically laid the foundations for age discrimination among the civilized nations and this trend persisted till the modern days. Although young people are able to vote by the age of 18 in the majority of countries thus expressing their political view, this does not mean that discrimination is no more. After all, when it comes to politics, age plays a considerable role. Have you ever heard of some Presidential candidates in the age of twenties? Me neither. So, I guess the ancient Greek legacy lives on. The same goes for companies and their hiring policies. Most enterprises view young candidates as inexperienced and lacking skills required to perform complex tasks, usually giving them internship positions, usually unpaid ones. These are perfect examples of age discrimination in modern society.

Conclusion

            When it comes to the topic of age discrimination, it reaches deep into the history of civilization, the ancient Greeks. Classical philosophers, such as Aristotle, were prominent supporters of ageism, and this trend continued to thrive till our time. Therefore, young people are often viewed as incompetent, inexperienced, and overly emotional. However, I have to note that lots of studies are challenging this idea by arguing that youth represents an untapped potential in every aspect of this word. After all, a fresh mind means fresh ideas, ideals, and approaches to different situations.

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