the illusion of the ‘young old’ …

March 3, 2011

in Hospice & Palliative Medicine,Spirituality

Lorenzo Albacete on the ‘young old‘ …

” …we are facing the emergence of a new cultural world: that of the “young old, “separate from that of the “old old.”

However, this new cultural category is based on a lie, as Jacoby remarks: “At 85 or 90, whatever satisfaction may still lie ahead, only a fool or someone who has led an extraordinarily unhappy life can imagine that the best years are still to come.”

Why do so many fall for such an illusion? Because they find reality scary, and choose an illusion instead. (In Johannine terminology: they loved the darkness rather than the light.) They find reality scary and unbearable because they cannot see the beauty of reality rooted in the Mystery of being.”

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