I want to talk about another word that is used to demean and diminish older people. This time Kavan’s the one getting in dustups, with no less than Oprah and AARP.
America’s obsession with speed, performance and “effectiveness,” which suited the Post War generation so well on its long journey through adulthood, grates on people who are edging into elderhood in ways not unlike the well-loved relative who has overstayed her welcome. The first impulse that many people have is to complain about how much faster […]
It is worth looking back a couple of generations for an example of how changes in the human perception of time and the uses to which time is supposed to be put have been received by others. The classic American silent film “Modern Times” captures some of the distress that people in another era experienced as they struggled to make sense of how time was changing around them.
Americans strongly believe (with some justification) that “time” and “money” are tangible things. There are, after all, 24 hours in a day and a hundred cents in every dollar. Common sense tells us that time and money are real things, tangible and largely unchangeable.
In fact, “time” and “money” are, more than anything else, cultural constructs.
As many of you know, I am hard at work on a new book. The Tribes of Eden is out in the world and we will be doing some pretty fun stuff to get the word out about that book but…
I also have to think about the next book. As part of that effort, I thought I might sketch out the key ideas in the new book just to see if I can express them clearly.
I am working on “The Second Crucible” and have spent a good bit of time wrestling with the idea of a “crucible.” Such a struggle might seem odd given that I am including the word “crucible” in the working title of the book. The problem is that we are, as individuals, keenly aware of the crucible experiences that enter into our private lives. It is much more difficult to see how the crucible experiences of our generation influence the course of our lives.
Well it has been a pretty good week all told. I started out by flying to Omaha where I met up with Trinity Health’s Sue Penoza, we drove north to Sioux City, Iowa, stopping for lunch in Blair, Neb., at a really nice down home Mexican restaurant on main street.
Once in Sioux Falls, I did a TV interview about the Senior ER innovation and a couple of days later Eden legend Nickie Bigley sent me a note telling me that she saw the clip on her local TV station.