There’s no good excuse to not treat a human as a human.

I like it. It’s related to the Pay it Forward movement, which grew after http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0223897/ movie. I think that’s how a functional society works: The good gets shared and it multiplies.

Barring a surprise death, there’s a very good probability that everyone here who hasn’t already will “age out” of the target demographic of youth rights.

Unfortunately, that’s when many leave. Their focus changes to whatever their [current] demographic is.

But I don’t see any reason why it has to be like that: If you cared about something once, why would it stop? I think that’s why ageism has been my main focus for so long: It covers all of the bases of the lifespan. 9 year olds who are forced into a “Scared Straight” program in Georgia is equally an ageist issue as is someone who puts their mother into a nursing home not because they have no choice but because they want to get rid of them because they’ve ceased to be useful to them.

On a side note, it’s a strange thing: utilitarianism. Utility. How useful is something? I’m a fan of utilitarianism generally: when it comes to ‘stuff’, “how useful is it?” or “how can I make it useful?” is something that continually interests me.

Yet, when it comes to PEOPLE? Utilitarianism is a failure. You can’t treat people like objects. Like things. Like, “if you are no longer useful to me, you are disposable”. That attitude towards other humans is devastating. It is why I don’t like when statistics are used as an excuse to create a public policy that is inhumane.. that strips people of their dignity and rights. There’s no good excuse to not treat a human as a human.

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Oh, I think NYRA as an organization is very solid in that regard. I was thinking more in the general public.

With all groups you have the strong core and moving outwards from the strong core, you have different layers and levels of interest, all the way down to the marginally curious.

The core that’s strong remains strong. Yet, a movement is more than the core: It needs the people that are partially committed and even those that are skeptical but curious for it to be strong.

But they’re harder to handle: They’re pulled in different directions.

You see it in politics all of the time. This election cycle you see it in a big way in the USA. Among Sanders’ supporters for example: You have those that will go all the way and also those that already left and are either not voting, went to Clinton, or flipped over to Trump because they don’t like Clinton.

Now, the core of his campaign is strong. They’ll walk with him. Some are strong enough to continue without him.

But the people on the outer layers with mixed motives and pulled in various directions are also important.

Now for myself, I never joined the campaign. I don’t do that sort of thing but I’ve been watching with interest from the sidelines. I know that even though I’m not at the core of it or anywhere close, I’m still in the “skeptical but curious” party. and, you never know when the curious but skeptical can suddenly become your biggest ally.

So, I apologize if my other message appeared to make it seem to black and white and I certainly didn’t mean to indicate anything about NYRA as an organization.

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