- Have a complete absence of curiosity
- Are working and living in largely the same way today as they were 5 years ago
- Do not change their mind very often, if at all
- Are unwilling to invest in activities that may enrich their lives and open up new avenues
Still not convinced that shooting is the right fate for this demographic? Let me expand. Firstly, to address the macro- and micro-challenges we face, there are two overarching truisms:
- We can't solve the problems that we are facing today using the same perspective that created them in the first place.
- The solutions we bring to problems are often not solutions to the problem that exists by the time we have found this solution. The rate of change is changing and situations evolve faster than our ability to react.
Old people (as defined by the criteria above) deal with problems and opportunities using the same systems and mindsets they have always used. They are largely convinced they are right, and do not change their perspective readily. They believe that their experience trumps the benefits of learning new skills and methodologies. They don't have time to try anything different because they're busy. We wouldn't miss them after they're shot because they can now (or in not very long) be replaced by automated systems. Knowledge, experience and busy-workers will no longer be needed as computers continue to prove that they can surpass human abilities in these areas.
Thanks to old folk, each generation traps itself in the mental models of many years prior, while the environment evolves at an ever-increasing rate. Like the apocryphal boiling frog they are slowly being boiled, however in the meantime we all pay the consequences. Boiling them is not quick enough. My suggestion -- we should devise a quiz along the lines of:
- Here's an interesting app that could enrich your life greatly, it costs $3.99, would you buy it?
- Are you using new systems, technology and methods compared to those you were using 5 years ago?
- Do you learn and change your mind on issues more than once a week?
Participation would be mandatory for all citizens; their photo, name and address would be captured from existing online records automatically on registration. No clue would be given as to the outcome of the quiz, although a substantial "prize" would be hinted at. After collecting all the responses the true nature of the test would be revealed: answering "no" to all three questions would authorize anyone to legally shoot these "old people". Their identity and location could be published and rewards given to those who bag the most of 'em over the year.
A drastic solution I admit, but these are drastic times and unless we rid the world of its burden we will not evolve quickly enough to survive and thrive as a race; we have to urgently effect social, political and environmental change. As one concession--if this proposal is too violent--keep the quiz but instead of shooting let's take advantage of SwissAir's special one-way homeland fares. I hear that the clinic in Geneva is pretty nice, it would be a sweeter pill for us to swallow and worth every extra dollar!