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ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 11th, 2012 10:10 pm (UTC) (Link)

Ooo...

That's a great idea. We have an eldering population in America and very little constructive social discussion of that. I see that this is a popular topic from other people's comments!
haikujaguar From: haikujaguar Date: December 11th, 2012 10:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
As is typical with our culture, there is a hyper-focus on the youth and their needs--even in reading--and not much on the old.
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: December 11th, 2012 10:22 pm (UTC) (Link)

Yes...

... and I have enough carryover from Native American culture that it bugs the living daylights out of me.

That's one reason I like Torn World: The Northern culture has a very strong respect for elders and is, hm, an egalitarian gerontocracy. The Council of Elders, which is composed of old people plus a few socially ept younger folks with disabilities, does most of the decision making. The Southerners are more meritocratic but their system for that shifts much of the responsibility to the most experienced, older practitioners of science and trade.

Elizabeth Moon's Remnant Population is still one of my favorite books.
haikujaguar From: haikujaguar Date: December 11th, 2012 10:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
That was a fantastic story and sadly remains rare.
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