Marks and Remarks
Food for the Mind and Eye

No. 0040, March 19, 2015

DEPT. OF GERONTOLOGY


To Grow Younger, Change



Copyright 2015 by S. W. Paul Wyszkowski

     "And this image relates to today's topic how?" Prickles inquires. Well, for one, it's in the same universe. "That it?" says she. Until I think of something else. Mainly it's an excuse to invite the Investigative Sphere and two of her friends to do another cameo. "Oh, OK," she says.

     Aging is a somewhat reversible process. Repairs, replacements, chemical and mechanical adjustments can undo to some degree the effects of cumulative chaotic disorganization (a.k.a. "wear & tear"). This way functionality can be preserved way past the "natural" lifetime. Likewise, the life of the personality can be therapeutically extended. Except, in this case, mere preservation is not enough. We don't necessarily want more of the same which can "grow old" merely by not changing. To keep from growing old as a person we need to continue to grow as a person and not older but different and therefore new and fresh and, hopefully, wiser or at least not more foolish.

     In other words, we need to keep changing. When we stop changing, that's when we start growing old.

     "But you have to pay attention to how you change, right?" observes Prickles. You always have to pay attention - it's what life's about. "Got it," she says.

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