Increasingly, in our western culture, the sculptural bodies have a greater boom, the measures that for us have a “perfect” mental representation, a greater echo and tribute to the beauty of the people, especially to postpone the beauty of the “youth”, these are imaginary that we build in our “I”, that self, which is built from the face-to-face interaction and the social structure, which brings with it a competence, a fear of loneliness, a recognition social to see myself through the Other. Although sport is important, toned bodies and a healthy diet, they should be used as a synonym of a person’s “do and be” duty to have a healthy life and an old age with quality, terms that should not become a cliché social, or stereotypes at all costs and even putting life at risk through surgeries, drugs, infiltrations, all this for fear of something called “old age”, that its meaning in Latin vetus, can be translated as “old”, we have the mental scheme that old is something “wrinkled”, “unusable”, “obsolete”, pejorative expressions that “reify” the human being, we learned to see from the fear of gray hair, wrinkles, dark circles, loss of muscle tone , in short, what I bring years, but we do not take into account that the years bring with them experience, reality principle, calmness, generosity, serenity of the soul, and the most longed for, conscience, being this the ability to perceive its reality and recognize itself in it, but in this globalized, capitalist world where one lives more in virtuality than in reality, a world where experience, wisdom, and discernment are not capitalized, but rather we seek to annul all that unconsciously we do not want to see but that is an undeniable reality to every human being and is aging but we must learn to age with dignity and give a place of love, respect and consideration to this population.
However, it is not a glance of the whole planet to fortune of humanity in other cultures the word old age means admiration, deep respect for the experience of the other, mastery of the school of life, everything is a matter of perception, of that first knowledge of a thing through the impressions that communicate the senses and that teach in the first school of life, the family.
Today, we will have two brothers in the magnifying glass, each one of whom we have an obligation to learn, we must allow our society to permeate humanized and hopeful looks in our Society. Countries such as China and Japan are two of the cultures where respects and venerates the elderly.
Japan celebrates Keirō No Hi (Day of Respect for the Elderly), a very important holiday in which the family actively participates. Children learn to value the experience and wisdom of their elders.
In China, there is also a deep respect and veneration for the elderly. Although this vision is in the depths of Chinese thought, the government promulgates laws that require the care of the elderly. The care of the elderly is considered an honor and they see it as an opportunity for individual and collective spiritual growth, they are compassionate because they have an understanding of the care and love they have given us throughout their lives.
So alluding to Paul Preston’s phrase “Who does not know his history is condemned to repeat his mistakes”, because we must resignify in our language and in our psyche that elderly people bring with them such a great and significant beauty, not only for the beauty of a body that shows us the learnings and the evolution of life, but for the learning in their knowledge and wisdom, so our obligation is to know the history so as not to repeat the indignation of mistreating and outraging those who should only gratitude and respect and we must learn to put our elderly people in a place of dignity and deep admiration.
“DEDICATED TO MY ANCESTORS, TO MY GRANDPARENTS AND GRANDPARENTS, ESPECIALLY TO THE ONLY GRANDFATHER I KNOWN AND TO WHOM I SHARED MY GRANDFATHER JOSÉ ISIDRO, TO MY FATHER HERNANDO AND TO MY BELOVED MOTHER BEATRIZ, TO DOÑA JULIA, TO MY UNCLEARS AND AUNTS” TO WHOM I LOVE WITH MY SOUL AND MY HEART AND FROM WHOM I HAVE LEARNED DEEPLY.