created at: 2011-06-22

Posted by Sy Friedland, Chief Executive Officer

“The prosperity of a country is in accordance with its treatment of the aged.”
The Bratslaver Rebbe

What a modern and timely thought written by Reb Nachman, who lived in the late 1700’s. He died at the age of 38, so these words are clearly not self-serving, and in fact come from the perspective of a young man. They come to mind in the midst of the controversy about Medicare. The modern version of this wisdom now seems to be that “the treatment of the elderly threatens the prosperity of the country.” It is a reversal of meaning that is not only ominous, but also disappointing.

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