Why Young People Should Fear Ageism

Social Commentary

Why Young People Should Fear Ageism

Illustration: Shruti Yatam


young chap offers his seat to a visibly grey-haired man on a bus. Two teenagers gasp at a dancer who looks too young to be a mom. And elsewhere a woman who has bathed with a soap that has got her younger-looking skin, glows, as other visibly aged moms look on unhappily.

In 2008’s The Dark Knight, Harvey Dent had announced: “You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” The villain in this case – in everyone’s case – is the same: Age. According to the world of movies and advertising, getting old is the worst thing that can happen to you. Don’t believe me. Believe the $250-billion-dollar anti-ageing industry today. As a result, today we fear nothing like we fear getting old.