Aging as the acquisition of increasing numbers of characteristics and potential disorder possibly leading to collapse of the system. We lose our center. The majority of supposed symptoms of aging are acquired traits. Your body acquires the traits of aging in the same way that you acquire beliefs. Tell me what you think it is to be aging, and you have also told me what it is for you to be alive.
The ultimate mystery of aging is that there is nothing you should be trying to struggle with. Struggle makes people old. You gain wisdom by growing along the path of your nature. We can work with our own fault lines rather than trying to disrespect our own nature and stress these bodies and the lives we are living. We can embrace our inner nature with both it’s weakness and it’s strength.
“The secret of genius is to carry the spirit of the child into old age, which means never losing your enthusiasm.” Aldous Huxley
“Age is opportunity no less than youth itself.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (American Poet, 1807-1882)
I will start today’s topic on Aging with a question. It’s a question everyone seems to struggle with and matters very much for the purpose of understanding the topic. What is aging? Body decomposition. Maturing like a fine wine? Back pains. All are legitimate definitions. In fact, the concept is heavily open for interpretation, but how is this so? Can anyone put a strong definition on this seemingly so important topic? Ravages of time overcoming the body’s healing system. It gets tangled up between the physical and the perceptions we have of it. That itself is a heavily variable phenomenon.… Seek More
Your body acquires the traits of aging in the same way that you acquire beliefs. Degenerative diseases. They stem from any of a collection of frustrations. I’ll use an example of aging. Back pain. It’s an adaptive response to either the literal practice of or the psychological focus on physical labour. It comes from a belief that can be summed up as life is hard and then you die. There are a lot of variations on this belief, but they all show up in the same personality characteristics. A long suffering attitude about events often coupled with a subtle apathy… Seek More
The acquisition of energy and thus manifest traits cannot be stopped, but its pacing can be controlled and its path directed, at least to a large degree. The direction aging will take you in is the same as it took you in when you were still physically immature. That model just gets more and more overstated with some cases of radical mid life change, but usually not. Describe yourself now and I will be able to describe what you were like as a younger person, both event wise and internally. I will be able to project (at least loosely) events… Seek More
It’s really amazing how strong people are. They set themselves against their own nature so intensely and for so long they wind up like little human bonsai trees. Which makes me ask, what do you think of when you see a bonsai tree? I think of the way they are trained into those shapes. Slow patient sculpting over a long time. The ultimate mystery of aging is that there is nothing you should be trying to struggle with. Struggle makes people old. There is nothing to avoid. You are the age you think you are. You got older because you accepted… Seek More
I read somewhere that people like us because of our faults. They make us interesting. Yes. They have done studies both of artificially targeted brain damage and the symptoms of specific neurological illnesses and forms of brain damage. There are portions of the brain that if they are damaged don’t seem to impair the persons intellectual faculties in the least. They are fully functional and competent, but they become non-entities or sometimes worse. In the case of some animals, they become threats. A predator altered to be mechanical will quite effectively turn on and eat it’s own kind. The reason… Seek More