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Daemon
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Nature abhors the old, and old age seems the only disease; all others run into this one.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)
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Daemon wrote:
Nature abhors the old, and old age seems the only disease; all others run into this one.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)




Nature doesn't loathe the old, for if She did, She'd simply not let 'em live an' cling to a gripe old age. Anxious Pray Think

I find it sickening that, to Ralph, "...old age seems the only disease...", because when I asked my doctor if he knew what what a 'cubic foot' was, after he spent quite a considerable length of time searching the internet and poring over all of his medical books, all he could tell me was that whilst he wasn't sure what 'one' was, he thought it'd have to be worth at least two week's 'compo' to anyone who had 'one' and could feign a convincing limp when they hobbled into his surgery!


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Old age and treachery will always beat youth and exuberance.



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The young man knows the rules, but the old man knows the exceptions.




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Context from:Ralph Waldo Emerson Essays: First Series [1841]

Circles Note
Hypertext by Kai Sommer
Virginia Commonwealth University, 2003


Thus there is no sleep, no pause, no preservation, but all things renew, germinate, and spring. Why should we import rags and relics into the new hour? Nature abhors the old, and old age seems the only disease; all others run into this one. We call it by many names, -- fever, intemperance, insanity, stupidity, and crime; they are all forms of old age; they are rest, conservatism, appropriation, inertia, not newness, not the way onward. We grizzle every day. I see no need of it. Whilst we converse with what is above us, we do not grow old, but grow young. Infancy, youth, receptive, aspiring, with religious eye looking upward, counts itself nothing, and abandons itself to the instruction flowing from all sides. But the man and woman of seventy assume to know all, they have outlived their hope, they renounce aspiration, accept the actual for the necessary, and talk down to the young. Let them, then, become organs of the Holy Ghost; let them be lovers; let them behold truth; and their eyes are uplifted, their wrinkles smoothed, they are perfumed again with hope and power. This old age ought not to creep on a human mind. In nature every moment is new; the past is always swallowed and forgotten; the coming only is sacred. Nothing is secure but life, transition, the energizing spirit. No love can be bound by oath or covenant to secure it against a higher love. No truth so sublime but it may be trivial to-morrow in the light of new thoughts. People wish to be settled; only as far as they are unsettled is there any hope for them.


Read more:Ralph Waldo Emerson Essays: First Series [1841] Circles Note Hypertext by Kai Sommer Virginia Commonwealth University, 2003






Bully_rus
Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2021 7:56:28 AM
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Daemon wrote:
Nature abhors the old, and old age seems the only disease; all others run into this one.

Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


Yeah. Yet as a whole, the human population becomes more and more old. What does it say about nature and her preferences?
rondohib
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Daemon wrote:
Nature abhors the old, and old age seems the only disease; all others run into this one.

http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/Emerson,+Ralph+Waldo (1803-1882)

"Be afraid of old age, it doesn't come alone": Evripides Ancient Greek Tragic Writer (Φοβού το γήρας, ου γαρ έρχεται μόνον) Dancing Pray
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But the old do like nature.
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