If relationships are real…


Date: September 29, 2014

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If relationships are real…

…we cannot help but impart upon each other, some amount of personal growth, discovery and knowledge.

When it comes to the man and the boy [the adult and the child, etc.]…neither is more relevant than the other…both bring something, and likely a lot of somethings…

However…based upon age and experience, the elder is more likely to have attained more in their life to share.

…The younger shares other things, including energy, vibrancy, joy, desire…capacity to learn…a chance to give greater meaning, to an elders life.

Of course, the younger knows some things, the elder does not……and they will teach the elder, in various ways…but on average…it is the elder, who will teach the younger how to tend a garden…how to grill a steak…where to pour oil into the engine…any number of useful things [some mundane and ordinary, others specialized] , which are likely to enrich the youngers future life…

This type of knowledge may not be equivalent to teaching someone an entire trade, for which they can sustain themselves…but I would argue, it is still a form of mentorship.

Two people cant really be in each others lives for a prolonged amount of time, without intermingling their own life’s knowledge and imparting it on each other…not unless the situation was straight up abusive, and would not end.

Last…I cant let this pass without saying something…because I have no idea, how anyone can equate mentorship with “ageist bigotry”…

It might be plausible, that the assumption young people don’t know specific things is “ageist bigotry”…but there is an insane amount of stuff out there, to learn and know…

As an older human…there are times in my life, where I could use and appreciate a mentor in my life, and one of any age [so long as they are competent]…I don’t see this as an ageist matter. It’s more a plain fact that I lack something, but someone else out there “knows how too…”.

…We aren’t completely self sufficient islands, all on our own…

…And the younger or less experienced we are, the more we lack…

Besides…it is fairly common human nature, for us to teach each other…

…I’d be much more worried and alarmed, if we just did not care…and if we thought it was “okay”, to leave children, kids, teens and young adults adrift, to fend all for themselves.

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