Most bloggers are interested in more that one issue, but if my interest were only one, it would be that of society's obligation in developing a morality toward the elderly.
We could start with something that I learned as a child, that we should honor our fathers and our mothers.
Because this expression seems too broad for our society and because the idea of honoring anyone not a star or a billionaire is too much to expect, I've been trying to keep it simple.
An indoor or outdoor coffee patio or both where seniors could hang out has been my fundamental and simple issue, a simple code for honoring father and mother. This is not too hard to understand.
Now that one of the leading opponents to this idea has removed himself from the Shorewood Village Board and has been replaced, we might again put some energy into this and if nothing else find who are for and against the idea.
Just as our schools are great places for recreation and sports as well as education, today we find that these facilities have plenty of room and room for senior coffee shops in which seniors can “hang out.”
This we must include in our intergenerational programs. Why not some effort in this direction by the two Boards? Most societies try to “honor their fathers and their mothers,” why don't we?
Ingrained within the Japanese culture, perhaps one of the outstanding ones, is their social feelings for making life as comfortable as possible for the elderly in their society.
Perhaps somewhat difficult to uphold in modern society, the moral is never-the-less there and attention is still called to this social obligation.
Can we in Shorewood call forth such a moral? I think we can. But can the politicians be counted on?