Liam Keene sends along this quote from Eckhart Tolle
AWAKENING AND THE RETURN MOVEMENT
In most ancient cultures, there must have been an intuitive understanding of this process (onset of the spiritual dimension), which is why old people were respected and revered. They were the repositories of wisdom and pro vided the dimension of depth without which no civilization can survive for long.
In our civilization, which is totally identified with the outer and ignorant of the inner dimension of spirit, the word old has mainly negative con notations. It equals useless and so we regard it as almost
an insult to refer to someone as old. To avoid the word, we use euphemisms such as elderly and senior.
The First Nation’s “grandmother” is a figure of great dignity. Today’s “granny” is at best cute. Why is old considered useless? Be cause in old age, the emphasis shifts from doing to Being, and our civilization, which is lost in doing, knows nothing of Being.
It asks: Being? What do you do with it?