It's Other People Who Are My Old Age

Michael Jackson

in Between One and One Another

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780520272330
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520951914 | DOI:
It's Other People Who Are My Old Age

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This chapter presents the author's thoughts about aging. One of the arresting facts of growing old is that the young see us, as we in turn see them, as inhabiting absolutely different worlds. If aging is a process of forgetting, then the first symptom of this amnesia is forgetting what it was like to be young. The converse is more forgivable, for the young cannot be blamed for having little inkling of what it is like to be old. Still, the author has been haunted for many years by his inability to see past the superficial appearance of age, and his failure to ask his elders to share with him the fruit of their accumulated experience. He also shares recollections of his freshman year, particularly the classes he took with Professor Ralph O'Reilly Piddington.

Keywords: aging; young; old; Ralph O'Reilly Piddington

Chapter.  2365 words. 

Subjects: Anthropology of Religion

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