Empathy for the Aged

[T]he honest men of ultra-conservative type who always dread change, whether good or bad.

— Theodore Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt: An Autobiography

I was struck by the truth of this statement. We see it today just as Theodore Roosevelt saw it in the early 20th century. It’s very visible in the older people who, I think, just get tired of being on their guard for ‘gotchas’ in yet another legislative change which may impact them adversely. We always need to consider this when we support legislation. Empathy is virtuous. If we’re lucky, we’ll be elderly one day, too.

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