In the course of comparing which things are hidden or open in the west and in India, we noticed one more thing, actually mostly in America which I would never even think of hiding: your birthdate.
Whenever someone comes for a program, a workshop, spiritual healing or counseling, Ramona gives them a form to fill their details such as name, e-mail address etc. so that we can inform them when we will come back again and about our children charity projects in India. Plus there is a field for birthdate which people fill and then we can encourage them to sponsor food for their birthday and we send them birthday greetings.
One thing that we have noticed more in the US than anywhere else is, that people do not want to fill this field. They fill everything else and just leave this one empty. It is men and women who do this. Some even write their day and month but not the year. So they absolutely want to hide their age.
Let’s think about why that is. Obviously they do not want to show how old they are so that you don’t get to know that. So they do not want you to know, maybe out of fear that you think they are old. Now why would that make a difference for me if I knew your age? I could guess if I wanted to but usually I do not care at all. Why? It is only a number! There are teenagers and young adults who already seem quite old. There are old people who still seem very young, are very active and you would never know how old they are.
It actually only shows how much focus is put on this one number in society. It is important not only to look young, but to be young. You cannot change your age, why would you hide it?