I mean experience and all that comes with age has incredible value. I mostly have a problem with generalizing that old people thanks to age have wisdom. I mean sure, but for wisdom to develop it takes some introspection. And seeing many aging people around me be it my dear mother or others... they preffer to distract themselves and I cannot blame them. It is painful.PeterC wrote: ↑Mon Sep 21, 2020 4:20 pm The reason this is difficult is that yes, faculties do decline as one ages, but the subject is often the last person to recognize this and does not want to accept it: but also one does gain experience and judgement with age, and that can have tremendous value, but you can never convince the young of its value until they’ve developed it themselves.
I don’t think you can or should put people through psychiatric or neurological tests. You could however put them through standard physiological examinations and make the conclusions of those public, and ones general physical health is often a useful indicator of how well the brain is functioning. For instance - if we had a president who was obese and had a stroke, then the results of his psychiatric examination wouldn’t be particularly important, we would know we needed a replacement.
I also do not think we should put people through those. In general it would be great if some sort of often done regular check ups were done on everyone so people can prevent serious illnesses. However, when we are talking about important positions ... is it really too much to make a proper check up if our candidates have mental faculties to fullfil their duties? Let's remember they run for those offices because they want to. So why not have some general idea if they are literally fit.
For example Czech president Zeman is an old ooold politician in a horrible physical and mental state. He smoked and drank his whole life and based on how his personal assistant evaded answering question on his drinking, he still drinks too much. He has already served 5 years in office and was re-elected for five more years. In his second term he has done nothing. He stopped appearing publicly, didn't even comment when our country's second man in charge was threatened by the Chinese for going to Taiwan. He no longer even appears on tv, in senate, on memorials, etc etc etc. He is now more trouble than a representation of republic as his closest assistants are stealing what they can etc. And there is no way to get rid of him, despite him clearly not fullfiling his function. This is mostly what caused me to think about it.