Dateline: Latin America
You have seen the country, whether live or on TV. You know the stereotype. Heck, forget the stereotypes… I would like to see someone that looks like me build a house that quick, that well for that little. What. Ever.
So, suffice to say, you want to keep that population as active as possible because the states wouldn’t be half as developed as it without these guys making up the labor force. Well, you would, right?
Apparently not if you ask – you know – Latin Americans, thanks to this story from Catholic News Wire.
In a country where half the population is under 30 and it is common for help-wanted ads to state that no one over 28 need apply, older adults are not a priority for politicians and services are scarce… Throughout Latin America, societies, governments and even the Catholic Church tend to think of older adults as a burden – when they are considered at all.
I’m not poly-lingual, own Rosetta Stone or am all that enlightened, but I believe you say “retirement” in Espanol as “tren-een-tah”.
There is a common belief that “aging only happens to old people,” said Ximena Romero, coordinator of the Latin American Gerontology Network.
Yeah, about that? DUH! So, why is this a deified issue on the Wall?
Considering that Latin America is the region with the widest gap between rich and poor, Christian communities are called to “promote solidarity between generations,” Romero said.
How are we supposed to do that between generations when we can’t even do that between denominations?! Folk in different churches argue over bake sales and baptisms, being filled with the Spirit and being full of spirits. What in the world make you think we will get along to discuss antediluvian riddles of moth-eaten bottles of Ben Gay?
Now, that’s an age-old question right there. Wake me when there’s an answer. In the meantime, I’m calling this seasoned guy I know to mow my grass. Peace.