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FounDit
Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 11:35:50 AM

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Daemon wrote:
What makes old age hard to bear is not the failing of one's faculties, mental and physical, but the burden of one's memories.

W. Somerset Maugham (1874-1965)



As I age, I don’t find memories a burden. It’s the content of those memories that can be burdensome, especially if one has a love of learning and has studied the history of humans to even an intermediate degree.

I’ve often said that life for a young person resembles a stick-figure drawing – simple, plain, and black and white in composition.

In middle age, as years have added some experiences, life is like a painting, a richer composition of color and brush strokes.

In old age, life is more like a tapestry, heavy in texture, rich in color and filled with depth.

The burden is a result of the realization of the repetition of foolishness humanity engages in over and over again. Looking back over history, the pattern becomes more clear the greater the number of years being viewed.

It’s rather a sad thing to recognize the pattern, and see it being acted out daily by people who have the capacity to see and learn from it, but choose not to do so.

And so it has been for thousands of years, civilization advancing only because of the contributions of a few minds in each generation, minds that rise above the average of selfish myopia confining the masses to herd instinct.
These are minds that lead, rather than follow, because they seek knowledge, they seek to understand what so many others take for granted.

The irony is that most great minds are not recognized until long after death has taken them. But even then, having recognized their contributions to the advancement of all, they are rarely emulated, their contributions are once again taken for granted, viewed as an entitlement, as being "owed" now that they are available, and subsumed into the selfishness of daily living.

But that's life. It's nothing if not an admixture of comedy and tragedy.


We should look to the past to learn from it, not destroy our future because of it — FounDit
towan52
Posted: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 4:13:39 PM

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Unusually pensive! In other words, getting old sucks physically but is rewarding spiritually!

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FounDit
Posted: Friday, November 8, 2019 2:55:36 PM

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towan52 wrote:
Unusually pensive! In other words, getting old sucks physically but is rewarding spiritually!


That fairly well sums it up.

We should look to the past to learn from it, not destroy our future because of it — FounDit
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