AGEISM

Ashton Applewhite, tackles societies stereotypical labels. Labels, pertaining to aging, held by many, a bias the aging population struggle to overcome. Plunked into slots associated with societies labels. The impact effects our youth as well as the aging population.  The result of societies propensity to associate what an individual should or should do or be based on their age rather than their ability.  Applewhite argues, in the TED talk, that assigning labels fosters a society of discrimination and prejudices limiting individuals from realizing their full potential.  

Leonard Cohen, captures the impermanence and imperfections of life, and the gifts, hidden within the cracks in the lyrics of Anthem.

(lyrics are inserted below  the embedded video)

The birds, they sang

At the break of day 

Start again, I heard them say

Don’t dwell on what has passed away 

Or what is yet to be.

 

Yeah, the wars

They will be fought again 

The holy dove 

She will be caught again 

Bought and sold and bought again 

The dove is never free. 

Ring the bells that still can ring 

Forget your perfect offering 

There is a crack, a crack in everything 

That’s how the light gets in. 

We asked for signs 

The signs were sent: 

The birth betrayed 

The marriage spent 

Yeah, the widowhood of every government 

Signs for all to see. 

I can’t run no more 

With that lawless crowd 

While the killers in high places say their prayers out loud

But they’ve summoned, they’ve summoned up a thundercloud 

They’re gonna hear from me. 

Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering 

There is a crack, a crack in everything 

That’s how the light gets in.

You can add up the parts 

You won’t have the sum 

You can strike up the march

There is no drum 

Every heart, every heart

To love, will come 

But like a refugee. 

Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering 

There is a crack, a crack in everything 

That’s how the light gets in.

Ring the bells that still can ring 

Forget your perfect offering 

There is a crack, a crack in everything 

That’s how the light gets in 

That’s how the light gets in

That’s how the light gets in. 

– END –

Thank you, Mr. Cohen.

Be Well

Lynda-Lee Saunier

 

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