Imagine, as well, the devastating realization that, after devoting a significant chunk of your adult life to SAP, you were dismissed because you were, essentially, "Old and In The Way." I have, personally, managed to somehow retain my position here, but am at the age that, after having worked hard, contributed significantly (as evidenced by a long string of exceptional performance reviews), and put all of my energy into building a family, a career, and a reputation, where I am in danger of being kicked to the curb. People can coldly and blindly, behind a veil of anonymity, post hurtful comments about older workers, while failing to understand that at a certain age it is downright impossible to get a job in certain parts of the world... You work hard, you devote your life and then you are set adrift.
To all of you younger workers out there, just one word for you to keep in mind as you slavishly lash out at us older guys: Karma.
Oh, and one other word: Peace.