AGE

Courtesy, National Geographic Magazine, p21, April 2017 Issue

 

AGE

I came across this interesting chart in this month's issue of National Geographic Magazine (May, 2017) called "Age and Achievement".  It diagrams at what age a few of history's creative "genius" people were most prolific.  Based upon this, it would appear that creativity really hits its stride when people are in their 40s, 50s and 60s, not in their 20s and 30s as most Americans are led to believe.

In our youth-obsessed society, corporations have a tendency to seek out 20-somethings and 30-somethings only because they are seen as less demanding and are, for the most part, easily manipulated--not because they have a degree or some sort of talent or skill.  Case in point--I have personally witnessed less-than-ethical businesses "hiring" 20-somethings because they did not know the difference between a W2 and a 1099 (AND, they were ALL college students too)--"Hey, welcome aboard as our newest employee.  And, by the way, we'll be giving you a 1099 at the end of the year. which means you can keep more of your income.  Won't that be grand?"  These kids were not hired as true employees--they were secured as independent contractors, all the while not knowing the difference, or knowing that they will get stuck with a huge tax bill at the end of year.

Why post this here instead of burying it in my blog?  Because it is simply too important.  This page I call "AGE" deserves its own place on my site.  Age discrimination is yet another way people are being shut out of the workplace (such that it is) and little-to-nothing is being done about it.  At the same time, as we take advantage of and screw the next generation, saddling them with huge amounts of education debt and offering them nothing but low-wage, part time work within an anemic economy grinding on its "last wind", we are also shutting out people over the age of 40 and denying them an opportunity to put their massive talents and experience to work.

This truly is an economy for no one but the top 1%.