【World Life】とは?


World Lifeな生活
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Hello there!

I hope you’re doing well. I want to share with you an amazing book I recently read. I was so into it that I couldn’t stop reading until I finished it in just one day!

The author, Pat Moore, is a few years older than me and well-known for starting to promote “universal design.” This book is about her experiences when she was 26 to 29 years old. As a graduate student, she came up with the idea of pretending to be an octogenarian to see how people would treat her. She traveled to more than one hundred cities in the USA and Canada.

What made this book so interesting to me are two things. First, I could relate to what she went through during her research, especially after I retired at 63. She talks about how elderly people were not treated well in America at that time. For example, in a store in Manhattan, she was treated coldly when she tried to buy a typewriter ribbon. The next day, when she went back as her actual 26-year-old self, the same clerk treated her respectfully and even opened the door for her.

In Japan, her experience might include being treated like a silly little girl, with people talking to her like, “Yeees, vvvvvvery, goooood. You are a goooood girl1” if you know what I mean.

The second reason I loved this book is that it helped me understand what prejudice and stereotypes really are and how to deal with them. Prejudice is a preconceived idea about a group of people, ignoring their individual differences. It’s important not to believe or support these ideas, as the most harmful part is that victims themselves start to believe these stereotypes deeply.

This is true not only for stereotypes about old people but also for stereotypes about women, nationalities, and more. Let’s live our own unique lives!

See you again!