Discrimination based on gender, race or religion has been widespread in many societies, but Rabbi Shmuley says it appears ageism may be the most common form of discrimination sweeping the nation. From many people's negative reactions to the age of Senator John McCain—the 71-year-old Republican presidential candidate—to Hollywood's obsession with youth, Rabbi Shmuley says ageism could be bypassing the trends of discrimination based on race or gender. He talks about how ageism may be keeping people from reaching out to their parents and grandparents for guidance and wisdom and instead fueling the need for self-help books.
"Growing older is something to be celebrated. As we age, we gain wisdom and insight and grow deeper. Life is not a horizontal journey to the grave; rather, it's a vertical journey to our deepest essence."