The Experience Equation
The journey of being human is based on experience.
Not only for the individual but for our whole species.
We burn our hands on a hot stove as a child, and build this into our approach to the world, avoiding touching it in the future.
We build a bridge, which falls down and we learn something about engineering so the same thing doesn’t occur in the future.
Science, technology, business, cooking, photography — life relies on experience to pave a better way forward for the future.
Yet, whilst experience is vital for our own and our communities and our species survival, why is it that in some respects we don’t value it at all.
Are we replacing experience with ‘instant gratification’, celebrity, popularity?
Take the circumstance that a lot of western developed nations where mature age individuals are the recipients of age discrimination in 27 cases out of 100.
Or how they take twice as long as others to find a job.
They are judged on their birthdate, not on their skills.
Oh, there are justifications — no doubt — mature people are technologically illiterate, fixed in their ways, out off touch with the new fast paced world.
Mark Zuckerberg himself says young people are just simply smarter.
Our new book and documentary coming in 2020 will explore the benefit of experience at the individual, community and global level and asks the question.
Shouldn’t experience be worth more than zero?
Shouldn’t we value it
And what might happen if we don’t
Our proposition is that ageism and the devaluing of experience might just be one of the biggest challenges our society, economy and species faces in the coming century.
At least in terms of financial security, economic impact and personal wellbeing.
What do you think?