I’ve got a guest post up here, about human worth and aging. L’Astronave’s also linked back to a post I wrote about care-taking a few years ago in an earlier iteration of blogging (protip for newbs: it helps to post more than once every few months).
For those not familiar with L’Astronave, she’s trying out WordPress after a long while blogging here. She currently does amazing work with those with dementia.
I need to add a caveat for the two posts linked above and others that might touch on similar issues. I am very privileged to have a father (and mother) who modeled loving caretaking for me so that I am happy and able to use those skills now. I want to be very clear that I have all sorts of privileges (including loving parents) that not everyone has. While I think we as a society have an ethical responsibility to care fully for each other (including our elderly), I don’t believe that children have an inherent moral obligation to care for their parents.