When we consider the activities and contributions by the senior members of our society, we only look at them now. Yet they have been around for over 60 years. In that time they had seen, been part of, and shaped much of the world we live in.
Many who were born before World War II. They have seen and taken part in many of the world’s conflicts. The Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Balkan conflicts, the events of September 11, the Gulf War, the Falklands conflict, to name only a few.
Their contributions to medicine and the health of our community includes our ability to harvest body organs to make use of them to keep yet another person or persons alive. Add to that the huge strides that have been made in the health-care and community care, policing, and defence.
In business today’s retirees can show that they have contributed to the growth and stability of the world’s industry and commerce. Motor cars, airplanes, ships and shipping have all benefited from the experience and knowledge of those who are now counted amongst our old folks.
In education what we know now is so far advanced from where it was 60 years and more ago that it is barely recognizable. All of this progress in the attributed directly to the work, talents, and experience of today’s seniors.
In the world of art,music,and theater, many of our greatest triumphs were created designed and engineered by those who are now enjoying a well-earned retirement. We often see today that the music art and theater that was made years ago being taken out of mothballs and re-presented And why is this? Because it was brilliantly done in the first place and imitation is sincere flattery.
When today’s retirees were but children themselves, they never expected to see a man walk on the moon. Or a spacecraft lands on Mars. Yet we have seen men fly high in the heavens and plumb to the depths of the sea. All made possible by the endeavors of people now aged over 60.
In sporting events we have seen people run faster, jump higher,swim even faster, lift huger weights. None even thought that such was possible in past years. All initiated by the then activities of now older people. Who wanted to see how much we, as a human race, could improve.
Yes we have better foods in some respects, better food preparation, often better housing and schooling. But not always. In many parts of our world older people are struggling along with their younger counterparts. Many countries unfortunately are in poverty, lacking in basic food water and medical supplies. So our senior citizens have also been forced to look upon some spectacular failures.
Development in some countries is lagging behind perhaps in what might be seen to be the basic essentials and human rights. Clearly something that needs to be addressed and rectified.
We are using up many things that previously existed in plenty. Raw materials, water, vegetation, are diminishing all too quickly. Our native animals are becoming extinct because we have not cared for them. Our grandchildren will not enjoy the pleasure of seeing the animals, flowers, and trees we accept as part of our lives.
One could go on forever trying to recall even some of the things that today’s senior citizens have included in their activities and actions. That this is impossible for us to so many things have happened in the last 60 years. The next 60 years will bring its own changes. We can only look forward.
John Harmer is an online researcher who is himself a senior citizen. He admires the contributions made by his peers. He is constructing a website that will provide information about, and advice for, our senior citizens.
You can visit the website by clicking on the following link [http://www.lotson4seniors.com]
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