Let’s start this off a bit imaginative. You’ve been a car accident and you’re losing loads of blood. You have two fractured ribs and your vision’s blurring. In another moment, you’re in the back of an ambulance being driven franctically to the nearest hospital. You look to your left, to the person treating you and realize that they’re old enough to be worrying about college placement exams. Do you panic in fear that you might be in underqualified hands or do you attempt to make do with what you have?
Though a bit graphic of an example, the message conveyed is clear: age can be the leading, if not a pivotal, factor in a lot of decision making. It can bar otherwise-brilliant people from places that could evolve in or prevent those requiring the necessary training to grow from obtaining it. There is a bit of an evolutionary aspect to things, having them learn on their own, but we’ve mitigated the need for that when we started using medicine. I say we because there’s been times I couldn’t attend particular events purely out of an age restriction or discrimination.
I don’t know how we can fix this aside from preventing it being trickled down the generational pipeline of society. It sucks, but it comes with how we do education as well, I think. It’s something that’s being banging around in my head. I try to treat my siblings with the level of intellectual compassion as I would want to be treated myself and it works out fairly well.