Nemo enim est tam senex qui se annum non putet posse vivere.
No one is so old as to think that he cannot live one more year.
Definitions for gerontocracy
- a state or government in which old people rule.
- Government by a council of elders.
- a governing body consisting of old people.
The English noun gerontocracy is composed of two relatively common Greek elements: geront- (“old age”) and the combining form -cracy (from the Greek combining form -kratia “rule, government”). Geront- is the stem of the noun gérōn “old, old man, elder.”
That’s what I need, a government of old people….wait, that’s what we already have. With age, is supposed to come wisdom. What we really need is a government of people who are old and smart and capable, not old and stupid, or old and greedy, or old and incompetent, or old and egotistical. (Did somebody just whisper “Donald Trump”?) People who have learned from their mistakes, not learned to make more.
With my age and intelligence, I should be able to finagle myself a position as Minister of Medical Association. Thirty years ago, a doctor told me to take my Little Black Book, with the names and numbers of all the hot chicks….and throw it away. Get another one he said, you’ll need it.
He was right! My new little black book now has the greatest collection of names of people that I pay to touch me, but they all have M.D. after their name, or chiropractor, or massage therapist, or optician. The optician one is real important. Without her, I couldn’t read the telephone numbers of any of the rest.
A comedian once said that, the people who really know how to run the country are all cutting hair or driving cabs. I think that they’re all busy playing Bingo, or getting the Early Bird Special at Shoney’s.