I recently asked the librarian for a suggestion for a book for my 10 year daughter- an avid reader. She suggested a fiction series by Brandon Mull and the first book is Fablehaven. It is a story where humans and fable type characters reside together on a secret piece of property away from civilization. As I was reading, I found a quote that pertained to aging. Because all things pertaining to aging are interesting to me, I thought I’d share.
“The curse of mortality. You spend the first portion of your life learning, growing stronger, more capable. And then, through no fault of your own, your body begins to fail. You regress. Strong limbs become feeble, keen senses grow dull, hardy constitutions deteriorate. Beauty withers. Organs quit. You remember yourself in your prime, and wonder where that person went. As your wisdom and experience are peaking, your traitorous body becomes a prison.”
This quote is true, in that we are young and foolish until we are old and wise. What we as a society have done (at least in America), is discard the older person, just because they no longer have the exterior beauty that is so valued. What we fail to do, is seek out wisdom from our seniors. As the wisdom and experience of seniors peak, our society begins to reject them. How can we change this?