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February 19, 2015

Age = Wisdom?

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There is a saying that with age comes wisdom, but is this true? In some cases yes. Often, the man who ages learns from his mistakes and makes fewer of them as he has acquired wisdom. In other cases however, nothing is learned, suffering is not vanquished as the same desires that plagued the young man now make ill the old man. The angry young man soon turns into the angry old man. As the song goes, “For in our hearts the dreams are still the same.” The man who chased his desires as a youngster falls into the same trap at an advanced age. The avant-garde soon becomes the old guard and eventually there is a changing of the guard.