The Latin root of the word “Senator” is “sennex,” which means “old man.” The United States Senate is clearly a case in etymological point. (“Senior” is also from the same root.) We like to believe that old people are likely be upright, honest, unlikely to cheat others and wise in some fashion or the other.
That’s what we like to believe but is it true?
Let’s consider the recent conduct of Alaska’s senior Senator. Ted Stevens is 84 years old ( nine years younger that the table tennis athlete from yesterday’s post) and he is running into a buzz saw of speculation about and investigation of his conduct in office. Older, it seems, does not necessarily mean more ethical.
Readers of this blog will, I think, also be interested in Senator Stevens’ understanding of the Internet and its uses. He famously gave a speech comparing the Internet to a “series of tubes.”
Now here’s something that I love about the Internet. Youtube has a video that offers a hilarious send-up of the Senator’s, shall we say, limited understanding of the Internet.
So, not only are there questions about the Senator’s ethics, but we also have ample evidence that Changing Aging.org readers are very far ahead of one Senator’s understanding of this crazy thing we like to call– the Internet.