Ageism… a hidden bias?

“You are as young

as your faith,

as old as

your doubts,

as young as

your self-confidence,

as old as

your fear;

as young as

your hope,

as old as

your despair.”

– Douglas MacArthur


A favorite photo from 2009: Grandma Mia and Jaydan, her youngest grandson (at the time – now there are more!) 

Buena Vista, Costa Rica

There’s a lot of talk about the evils of sexism, racism and ethnic bigotry. Ageism exists also, but is often more subtle to detect in our dealings with others.

Have you ever been discriminated against or misjudged because of your age?

Have you ever misjudged someone because of their age?

Ageism, or age discrimination is stereotyping and discriminating against individuals or groups because of their age. It is a set of beliefs, attitudes, norms, and values used to justify age-based prejudice, discrimination, and subordination. This may be casual or systematic. The term was coined in 1969 by Robert Neil Butler to describe discrimination against seniors, and patterned on sexism and racism. Butler defined Ageism as a combination of three connected elements. Among them were prejudicial attitudes towards older people, old age, and the aging process; discriminatory practices against older people; and institutional practices and policies that perpetuate stereotypes about older people. The term has also been used to describe prejudice and discrimination against adolescents and children, including ignoring their ideas because they are too young, or assuming that they should behave in certain ways because of their age.


(Courtesy of Google images.)

83-year-old Australian yoga teacher, Bette Calman teaches 11 classes a week.

Moshe Kai Cavalin enrolled in college at East Los Angeles College at age eight, graduating in 2009 with an impressive 4.0 GPA and full honors. As for his career post-college, Moshe isn’t rushing anything. He decided to take a year off to rest, learn to scuba dive, write a book and hone his already sharp martial arts skills. He plans to return to school to complete a degree in astrophysics, but with a Bachelor’s under his belt at 11, he’s in no hurry.

Apart from accomplishments, awards, accolades or resume skills, other things we can’t see about another person are their experiences, perceptions and feelings, making judgement (anytime) a misplaced action.

Don’t let anyone look down on you

because you are young,

but set an example for the believers in speech,

in life, in love, in faith and in purity.

1 Timothy 4:12


Me at Cape Cod National Seashore, MA



“A man may stand there and put all America behind him.”

Henry David Thoreau

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2 Peter 3-11  His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.

Through these he has given us his very great and precious promises, so that through them you may participate in the divine nature, having escaped the corruption in the world caused by evil desires.

For this very reason, make every effort to add to your faith goodness; and to goodness, knowledge; and to knowledge, self-control; and to self-control, perseverance; and to perseverance, godliness; and to godliness, mutual affection; and to mutual affection, love. 

For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.

But whoever does not have them is nearsighted and blind, forgetting that they have been cleansed from their past sins. Therefore, my brothers and sisters, make every effort to confirm your calling and election.


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I was meaning to look up that yoga instructor! She’s amazing!

Comment by Kate

Hey, Kate! I believe this woman is from Australia… but, according to the local studio, there is a similarly-aged woman (Emmie?) still practicing around here. I’m not sure if she teaches though?

Comment by simplyenjoy

And so happy you swung by my humble lil’ writing space 🙂

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