The important loss of mental agility can also give us valuable new abilities, if we know where to look for them.
I’m working on my next book, The Second Crucible, and imagining what it would be like in the immediate future if those who deny aging become the dominant cultural force in our society.
You know who I’m talking about. These are the people who believe that they will never get old. They believe the first person to live to be 1,000 years old is alive today. They believe that aging is a disease, a horrible blight on humanity, and that all we need to do to cure it once and for all is flex our technological prowess.
A website that bills itself as having the “biggest little list” of oxymorons on the internet offers all of the usual suspects including “enormously small,” a “genuine fake,” and “paid volunteer.” It also reveals our culture’s bias against aging. We find “active retirement,” a “young sixty” and “healthy aging” listed as oxymorons. It should come as no surprise then that the words “enthusiast” and “aging” just don’t seem to go together. All though it remains small and it is hidden in the shadows of society, there is a sub-culture that actually embraces and even celebrates the normal changes associated with normal human aging.
These are the Enthusiasts.
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