Nasty Young People Become Nasty Old People

In his The Goldberg File today, National Review’s Jonah Goldberg has a few more comments on that “cranky carbuncle of hate” Helen Thomas.  Unfortunately, I don’t know how to link it, but you can sign up for email delivery here:  As with all of his writings, it is well worth a read.

Anyway, Jonah makes one comment that I hear often that has always puzzled me:

I usually cut old folks a lot of slack. But Helen Thomas is perfectly in control of her faculties, and she thinks the same things she’s always thought.

Why do we automatically cut old people a lot of slack?  I understand making allowances in the case of senility, memory loss, and so on, but people seem to automatically assume that every old person is some nice old grandma or grandpa.  But we all deal with jerks every day.  And it seems to me that someone who is a jerk at 40 or 50 years old is not going to have some epiphany and start being kind and generous later in life and is going to be a jerk at 70 or 80 years old.

Published in: on June 10, 2010 at 11:25 am  Leave a Comment  

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