Ageism: the most common form of discrimination

Ageism: the most common form of discrimination

What is the most common form of discrimination?
Probably you will start thinking about mental health, skin colors, nationalities or gender preferences…
It might come as a shock, but none of them is right.

When I would use the words pediaphobia, ephebiphobia and the resulting adultism you would probably be confused, as these are words you might not recognize, but all related to the most common form of discrimination, which is ageism.
In easy way of explaining, pediaphobia is fear of infants and children, ephebiphobia fear of youth/young persons, and adultism the behavior and attitudes by adults thinking they are better than infants, children and youth/young persons.
Without the need of looking a lot at the subject of ageism, there is one part of it that causes it to be the current most common form of discrimination, which is adultism.
When we look around we see forms of adultism everywhere, yet while I could name them all, I won’t, as that would be… yes, ageism.

Adultism is one of the major problems regarding ageism as it is not even noticed by almost every adult…
Fact is that the current laws regarding voting age, drinking age, smoking age, age of consent, age of majority, compulsory education, and even many more examples are forms of adultism, and ageism, in forms of law.
In basics the anti-ageism laws some countries have are jokes, as it would need all these forms of ageism to be removed as laws as well, which currently no country has done…

Still, it truly gets interesting when we start talking about age ratings.
While many adults think these restrictions are good, as they, according to them, keep us safe while watching television, gaming, surfing the internet, etcetera.
They are actually the probable causes of quite some psychological problems, as a way the human psychology works, is that we always want to do which is restricted.
Age ratings should be seen as causes of oversexualization, and many criminal acts, going as far as murder…

When it comes to age ratings, I always ignore them, to the annoyance of many adults.
However, what these adults do not realize is that I am not shocked by anything, as I grew, and grow, up with these sort of explicit content showing anywhere, and I mean truly anywhere.
Eventually it is not special, but still does not mean I want to see it, rather it has caused a response that should be what adults should show, being against it and therefore attempting to get it removed, and moving on with my life afterwards…
Yet, like already indicated, adults themselves do not do this, and instead of thinking of how they grew up, and understanding that to change this response they need to give a different response to children and youth, they instead keep the problem alive by just repeating the previous mistakes…

While adultism is the most common problem when it comes to ageism, the most problematic part is somewhere else…
Gerontophobia is the part where it gets problematic, as this is the fear of elderly and growing old.

Even though many will say that get you get wiser when you grow older, gerontophobia and the worse gerascophobia, which is an abnormal or constant fear of aging, are quite common concepts.
Which is actually not that hard to understand, as thanatophobia, which is the fear of death/dying, is actually quite an understandable fear.
Still, thanatophobia is only understandable when it comes to the fear of aging, and not actually elderly.

When it comes to the fear of elderly, but also the discrimination to elderly, I do not have much to say, just because I can’t understand the discrimination, nor fear…
In basics, there are understandable reasons for the discrimination against children, youth, and adults, I can not deny it, but there is not even 1 reason I could name that is righteous to discriminate elderly…
It is like discriminating someone for having glasses, it is just plain insane, nothing more can be said…

Okay, let us take a moment to get into something that you might have noticed, the usage of all these hard words.
This is to me the problem when it comes to subjects like discrimination, but also just psychology in general, we tend to use either too little words, too much words, or words that the majority of people don’t understand.
That is what I am attempting to show with this blog post.

When it comes to discrimination, it is everywhere, yet most forms are not even opposed by the majority of people, as they have become known as normal, even though it remains discrimination.
However, the main causer of discrimination tend to be the fact that we see some things as normal, and others as different, and while this is not a right way of thinking, it is hard to convince people, because the explanations would bore people in such a way that they won’t be listening until the end.
Whether people like it or not, discrimination is not right in any form, yet, in the end, standing against it won’t do anything, as discrimination has entangled every part of our society.

There is just 1 lesson learned from every problem we currently experience at the world, not just discrimination, which is that we need to take down all our systems and start over to fix it.
Yet, the chances of this happening is extremely small, as it would not need us to start at economics or politics, but rather at our way of thinking of others, and history has shown too often that we are scared to not be formed into groups, instead of being what we are, which is a form of being unique, individuals…


Note: The terms youth and young persons are meant to indicate people below the age of 18 or 21, depending on country, which is the current set age of the start of adulthood, yet like you could have guessed, this is ageism…