Sunday, August 08, 2004

On Youth and Old Age

The young will become old -- if they are lucky. They already are old -- potentially. And the old were once young. They are now a result of their pasts: They are actually what they once were potentially. The child has become father to the man. What basis then for 'ageism' whether directed at the old or at the young? Why have contempt for what you once were or will become?

One hiker is on his way up the mountain, another on the way down. Why should one look askance at the other? "The way up and the way down are the same." (Heraclitus of Ephesus, Fr. 60.)