Ageism among Facebook Tarot Readers is a sticky subject. Hello there Tarot Readers. I have seen many posts and comments about ageism among Tarot Readers. I thought I would throw my five cents worth into this ongoing controversial topic by writing and posting this first article of my Tarot Professional Development Series.
Ageism has always been and always will be a sticky subject. One needs kid gloves so to not offend those on either sides. The young Reader orders about respect to their years of reading experience. While the older Reader wants to draw attention to their own years of experience. Both sides actually sound the same, yet some remain at odds with one another…
Before going off the deep end because of this blog post on ageism among Tarot Readers, let us understand what “ageism” truly is. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary, ageism is “prejudice or discrimination against a particular age-group and especially the elderly”. This definition is a hot button with some.
While reading this definition from this dictionary’s website, I scrolled down the ageism page, and I found and answered the following question: “What made you want to look up ageism?
This is my answer to this question: “An online discussion I was in about ageism. A discussion in which younger people made it perfectly clear that ageism is not just against older people as myself, but just as much against them the younger people… Ageism goes both ways…” Indeed, most especially in this era of Facebook Tarot Readings.
Why is it most especially in this era of Facebook Tarot Readings? Today’s young Tarot Reader faces a prejudice and discrimination of the likes us older Readers never did when we were their age. Back in the days when my generation of Readers was still young, there wasn’t even a home computer in anybody’s home. While today’s young Tarot Reader grew-up with them. Which exposes them to a larger amount of prejudice and discrimination against them, and at a faster rate than us older ones.
We older Readers never met the type of prejudice nor discrimination today’s young Reader gets. We older Readers need to understand this once and for all, that today’s young Tarot Reader starts performing readings over the Internet at a younger age than Readers of my generation. Odds are, once they get to be my age, they will have read for a greater number of Querents than us. This not because they are any better, but because the world is at their figure tips while still young. Whereas, for us, unless we had a phone and a television set or travelled, our world was limited to our own geographical area.
There are knowledgeable and experienced Tarot Readers of all ages. Some are better Tarot Readers than others are. Some have a certain New Age way of speaking, some do not. Some are better educated than others are. Some are more principled, some are not. Some have more advanced skills in online marketing, some not. Some play nice in the sand box, so do not.
Instead of choosing a Tarot Reader strictly from a television commercial or a newspaper, online people rely on what they read about a Reader on Google or on Wikipedia. What they read about a Tarot Reader is what they are lead to think through Neuro Linguistic marketing pages; odds are, it is all they know about that Reader, until they have actually experienced a reading from them. The older Tarot Reader, just as much as the younger one, needs to keep that fact at the front of their minds when employing online marketing strategies
No matter your age group, no matter how many years one has been reading for, your online reputation as a professional Tarot Reader is a far different one from your reputation as an online marketer of your own business. One of the young Tarot Readers who once told me: “act and talk like a professional”. No matter the conversation, anyone online can read what you type out”. It can come back to bite you. Gone are the old days of privacy, especially on Facebook.
On top of the usual prejudice and discrimination against Tarot Readers, both the old and the young Tarot Reader are on Facebook. The pressure to stand out from the crowd is heavy upon them both. One needs only Google for a Tarot Reader and one will find they are cheaper by the dozen.
To be perfectly honest, no matter how many years you have been reading or not, today – we are all in the same boat. Everything we type out or do on Facebook, or in a blog, are like a Resume for us Tarot Readers. We are like as if an open book. Moreover, the competition among Tarot Readers is cutthroat, no matter our age. Any online Tarot Reader is in a never-ending job interview. We hope what we say and do will draw clients to our Tarot Reading business.
Younger Tarot Readers get business because they are young, energetic, and full of bright ideas. While the older Reader makes up for it by saying how many years of experience they have, because that is all they have to work with in most cases. It is obfuscating to the young Reader when an older Reader mentions the years of experience they have. After all, a job interview is not behind closed doors.
Coming back to the Merriam-Webster definition on ageism: “prejudice or discrimination against a particular age-group and especially the elderly“. I draw your attention to its use of the word “especially”. Especially, does not mean that one is excluded because of the other. Another way of saying ‘especially’ is to say instead: largely, over others. To apply this to the Merriam-Webster definition, one could safely rephrase its definition of ageism by saying instead: “prejudice or discrimination against a particular age-group, and largely the elderly over other age groups”.
Let us not throw out the baby with the bath water. This does not go to say that younger readers are not prejudiced, nor discriminated against. Rather, that the elderly tarot Reader does not have the energy, nor the speed, and in most cases the know how to defend themselves online as a younger one might. That is why the Merriam-Webster defines ageism with the inclusion of: ‘especially’ older people. Which is why, an older person is picked on, because they cannot defend themselves as quickly, nor as strongly as the young can.
Well there I said it. This was my five cents worth on ageism among Tarot Readers. Indeed, ageism arouses passionate discussions and actions among Tarot Readers. Moreover, why it is so prevalent online.