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2015年4月13日星期一

Aging


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  Morrie had aging in better perspective.

  "All this emphasis on youth——I don't buy it," he said. "Listen, I know what a misery being young can be, so don't tell me it's great. All these kids who came to me with their struggles, their strife, their feelings of inadequacy, their sense that life was miserable, so bad they wanted to kill themselves . . .

  "And, in addition to all miseries, the young are not wise. They have very little understanding about life. Who wants to live every day when you don't know what's going on? When people are manipulating you, telling you to buy this perfume and you'll be beautiful, or this pair of jeans and you'll be sexy——and you believe them! it's such a nonsense."

  Weren't you ever afraid to grow old, I asked?

  "Mitch, I embrace aging."

  Embrace it?

  "It's very simple. As you grow, you learn more. If you stayed at twenty-two, you'd always be as ignorant as you were at twenty-two. Aging is not just decay, you know. It's growth. It's more than the negative that you're going to die, and that you live a better life because of it."

  Yes, I said, but if aging were so valuable, why do people always say, "Oh, if I were young again." You never hear people say, "I wish I were sixty-five."

  He smiled. "You know what that reflects? Unsatisfied lives. Unfulfilled lives. Lives that haven't found meaning. Because if you've found meaning in your life, you don't want to go back. You want to go forward. You want to see more, do more. You can't wait until sixty five.

  "Listen. You should know something. All younger people should know something. If you're always battling against getting older, you're going to be unhappy, because it will happen anyhow.

  ……"

Tuesday with Morrie, P117-119
Mitch Albom
ISBN 978-0-7515-2981-4

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