It is a Mad, Mad World!

From Winning Nobel Prizes to Killing People, the Two Extremes Involving 60+ Generation

Concert Halls New Terror Targets – but then this post is NOT about Violence

This week, we had three 60+ life-saving doctors (two of them in their 70s) involved in seminal research win the Nobel Prize for Medicine / Physiology.

A day before that, 64-year-old Stephen Paddock struck terror in Las Vegas with an AK-47 type rifle, killing 59 people, spraying bullets from the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay Hotel on an audience at a concert, listening to country music star Jason Aldean.

How can a wealthy, one-foot-in-the-grave man become a terrorist overnight? People his age are winning recognition for ground-breaking work, not killing people. But then they can do what the millennials can do and cannot!

My Mandalay Bay Stays

I had stayed at the Mandalay Bay Hotel during one of my two visits to Las Vegas almost a decade ago when I was with Cisco. I didn’t see any evidence of security being lax then. But I find it hard to believe that the attacker was able to smuggle an arsenal of weapons into his room.

The Mandalay Bay strike comes four months after another lone-wolf suicide bomber unleashed an attack that left 22 dead at an Ariane Grande concert in Manchester.

From pubs to concert halls, no leisure and fun event appears safe from terrorists.

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Also, just two weeks ago, a 65-year-old American chess Grandmaster James Tarjan pulled off a major upset by defeating world number 5 Vladimir Kramnik

Countries are governed by 60-something leaders and businesses are being steered through a rough cyclical terrain by industry veterans.

Still, in the ever-evolving corporate world which is being turned upside down by Artificial Intelligence, people feel more threatened by the greying generation than by automation.

The Millennial Question

The millennials, in contrast, appear to be easily succumbing to depression. Studies have consistently been showing how the millennials are more depressed at work than any generation.

One study even shows that depression costs the US economy more than $51 billion a year in absenteeism from work and lost productivity and $26 billion in direct treatment costs.

The young do have reason to be anxious – with recessionary trends hitting the economy and machines taking over their jobs.

G Joslin Vethakumar

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