6 Reasons to Grow Old - The New Old Age Blog - NYTimes.com
- SOME SAGE ADVICE YOUR WARTHOG. LISTEN UP, SHUT UP AND LEARN. YOU CANNOT HEAR WHEN TALKING. YOU DON'T LEARN WHILE TALKING. YOU LEARN WHILE LISTENING. TRY LISTENING, WARTHOG.
â€śThereâ€™s a shady side and a sunny side,â€ť said Joshua O. Haberman, rabbi emeritus of Washington Hebrew Congregation in Washington, D.C. He was talking about old age. Tranquility tops his list. “You have achieved in old age what you have wanted to, if you are fortunate,” he said. The important battles have been waged, the decisions made. “You no longer have to do the pushing, the striving, the struggle.”
Next, the cooling of passion. “You don’t rush to quick action,” Rabbi Haberman explained. “You’re more likely to stop and think.” These days he’s hardly indifferent to the world’s problems, he added, but he’s less inclined to think he can solve them, or that they’re soluble at all.