Ray Bradbury's Touching Tribute to His Grandfather Highlights the Impact of Elderly Lives

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Updated Thursday, June 27, 2024 at 12:00 AM CDT

Ray Bradbury, one of America's most beloved authors, continues to inspire conversations about the value of elderly lives through his poignant reflections. A recent tweet by "The Library Owl" (@SketchesbyBoze) has sparked widespread discussion, challenging ageism and reminding us of the profound contributions older generations bring to society.

The tweet features a sentimental black-and-white photograph of Ray Bradbury, smiling with his white hair, glasses, suit, and tie. Alongside this image is a deeply moving quote from Bradbury, recounting the immense influence his grandfather had on his life and community.

Bradbury's grandfather was a sculptor, a kind man who dedicated his life to bettering the world around him. He made toys, cleaned up slums, and was always busy with his hands. When he passed away, Bradbury realized his tears were not just for the loss of his grandfather but for the end of all the wonderful actions he performed. His grandfather was an individual who shaped the world with his unique talents and love.

This tweet has evoked strong reactions from many, highlighting the complex emotions surrounding ageism and the role of elderly individuals in today's society. One user emphasized the importance of keeping the elderly away from positions of power due to outdated viewpoints, while another pointed out the crucial role boomers play in voting patterns. Despite these varied perspectives, the common thread is a recognition of the individual worth each elderly person holds.

Ray Bradbury's words remind us that the elderly are not just statistics or burdens but individuals with rich histories and invaluable contributions. Bradbury's grandfather, through his kindness and creativity, left an indelible mark on those around him. This serves as a powerful testament against ageism, urging society to cherish and respect the elderly for their unique roles and experiences.

In a world where ageism often goes unchallenged, Bradbury's reflections offer a much-needed reminder of the irreplaceable value older generations bring. His grandfather's legacy of love, craftsmanship, and community service continues to inspire, proving that every elderly life holds stories and actions worth celebrating.

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Stop electing octogenarians though, for real.


idk man, maybe it's exhausting to be on the cusp of fascism because the boomers disproportionately vote for the absolute s***tiest human beings because they promise them they'll make the world work how they feel it works, and that lie continues to work on them no matter how many times it's proven to be a lie. And maybe we just want to meme and vent some frustration without writing a treatise on exactly who we're talking about, but nobody actually hates all old people.


It depends. I love my grandpa to death. He is very kind, brilliant, understanding, hard working great person that helps out anyone. Not in a million years I would want him to be a president, a vice president, in Congress or even run a supermarket to be honest. Infact, let's keep him away from any kind of position that could give him power to alter the life of other people. Because I heard his opinions.


I don't say "it's fine that the old people will die" when they release statistics about who a pandemic will kill if we don't lock down. I say "maybe some old people should just die and get out of the way" when McConnell freezes up, and I remember all the damage that he's done to federal politics. I say it when stats come out about climate denial, and rights stripping, and Trump support. I don't hate every old person - but I hate that as a cohort they're the ones doing the most damage.


i am old and i vote democratic because i am also not an idiot - pls be kind to the few sane geezers still hanging around


Ray Bradbury's grandfather is not today's grandfather. Yes he is right but the world is more complicated. The elderly can be an invaluable and precious thing but also be a phenomenal drain and liability on the upcoming generations. The balance is definitely towards the latter. We are blessed to still have elderly like this but a bunch are still entitled consumers that are a drag on contemporary generations


Years of customer service has made me ageist, specifically against boomers. The ones that acted like entitled, miserable p****s far outweighed the ones who were decent human beings. Both men and women. But once I had to start calling the cops on 50+ year old men who were sexually harassing my 16 year old employees, I was done. The whole generation can burn in hell.


I just lost my mum a month ago and I've spent this month thinking these same thoughts. And she wasn't that old, either. It feels wrong that she's gone. She was the best person i knew and she deserved so much more life and it's hars to think of all the days she won't see and the acts she won't do.


Ray didn't drive, so when he came to our school for a talk, my best friend and I volunteered to drive him around while he was in town! In addition to being a great writer, he was a great conversationalist!


The year is 2170. You are making 20m/y working in DisAmazaBook. 70% of your income goes to renting a cardboard box behind an AI server building dedicated to making images of Aunt Cass with N-dimensional b*****s. There was a proposal today to build another cardboard box somewhere in the Mojave to help with the housing shortage, but because it was held during working hours only boomer retirees showed up. They opposed it because it would hurt the value of the boxes they invested in last century.

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