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GETTING OLD (Reading Snippet 2-15-2020)

February 15, 2020

I have been reading “Stoic Six Pack (Illustrated): Meditations of Marcus Aurelius, Golden Sayings, Fragments and Discourses of Epictetus, Letters from a Stoic and The Enchiridion” by Various Artists –

The below quote made me consider how much my perspective on aging has been influenced by my culture’s worship of youth.  It truly is the envy of another’s blessings.   Oh, how I want to “cherish and love old age” in myself and others.  That requires a good deal of independent thinking!  

May God richly bless you in the amazing grace that you are currently experiencing.

“I owe it to my country-place that my old age became apparent whithersoever I turned. Let us cherish and love old age; for it is full of pleasure if one knows how to use it. Fruits are most welcome when almost over; youth is most charming at its close; the last drink delights the toper, the glass which souses him and puts the finishing touch on his drunkenness. Each pleasure reserves to the end the greatest delights which it contains. Life is most delightful when it is on the downward slope, but has not yet reached the abrupt decline. And I myself believe that the period which stands, so to speak, on the edge of the roof, possesses pleasures of its own. Or else the very fact of our not wanting pleasures has taken the place of the pleasures themselves. How comforting it is to have tired out one’s appetites, and to have done with them! “But,” you say, “it is a nuisance to be looking death in the face!” Death, however, should be looked in the face by young and old alike. We are not summoned according to our rating on the censor’s list. Moreover, no one is so old that it would be improper for him to hope for another day of existence. And one day, mind you, is a stage on life’s journey.”

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One comment

  1. ahhh but at least we can cherish the wisdom that comes with age!



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