The thing that worries me about all of this is not that Pelosi is losing her mind (I'm not convinced she ever had much of one anyway), but rather the
comments seem to fall into one of two categories. Either
- Old is senile/dementia/Alzheimers and we shouldn't listen to the elderly, or
- Senile/dementia/Alzheimers is OK since someone is old.
Neither one makes any sense.
Sure, elderly folk can get dementia or Alzheimers, and sure, they can just become senile, but it doesn't happen to everyone. There used to be a time
when the elderly were respected, as they should be. Those who have lived the longest are typically the ones who have seen the most and lived the most,
and as a result can often see things the younger folk cannot. Not so much these days. Today they are just old folks who get in the way and don't know
The truth is that the elderly can teach us a lot. We need them, and we need them more in positions of leadership than anywhere else. The elderly are a
stabilizing force on society.
I've told this story before, but it seems to need repeating. There used to be a little country store not very far from me, where one could grab a cold
drink or quick meal, maybe minor hardware like light bulbs and simple tools. The back of the store had a few tables and chairs, and the old men in the
community would spend much of their time there, talking war stories from their youth and playing dominoes.
As a young, ambitious (and admittedly cocky as hell) redneck, I thought I had all the answers to everything that was wrong with society. I had a
better way! I was so sure I could end war, end poverty, make the world into this utopian paradise I just knew in my heart it could be. But those old
men... they would sit and listen to me for a few minutes and then start grinning. Pretty soon they were shaking their heads and laughing. Senile old
codgers! How dare they dismiss me! They think they're so much better then I am just because they haven't died yet!
Many years alter, I was sitting in a restaurant listening to some young couple a table over talking about how to fix the world's problems. Before I
knew it, I was shaking my head and grinning, then let out a hearty laugh. They heard me. How dare I dismiss those great ideas of theirs! I'm just some
Then I realized something... despite what they thought or how it looked, I wasn't laughing at them or their ideas. I was remembering when I told those
exact same ideas to the old men playing dominoes. I was laughing at the memories of my early days, and the cycle of life. You see, those great ideas
faded away from me as I got older and began to realize they were inherently flawed in ways I never thought of in my youth. Those old men playing
dominoes had the same ideas when they were young, and they too faded away with realization and experience. That young couple had the same ideas, but
they were not old enough yet to realize the inherent flaws... but they would be, someday, and they would be the old codgers shaking their heads and
laughing at the young upstarts and their grandiose ideas.
Yeah, Nancy Pelosi is an idiot. She's probably a drunk. She may even have dementia. But don't dismiss her because she's old; dismiss her because her
ideas don't make sense. That age is not something to be dismissed; you young'uns haven't made it far enough in your journey to even realize what life
is really like. But you'll get there, and when you do, you'll laugh at the young'uns of that day and age as well.