No rubric exists, no taxonomy applies, no appellation remotely explicates that which I am.
To be labeled is to be pigeonholed and marginalized. It’s the worst thing that can ever happen to anyone who professionally opines. The left-right paradigm is destroying rational thought and clear evaluation of labyrinthine issues. To fall prey to the Manichean, the apodictic, is dangerous. Sadly, though, in the world of the unimaginative being bumper sticker, playbook, echo chamber and cookie cutter is comforting to many. It’s the shibboleth that soothes, that insinuates inclusion and membership. Sorry, the world’s too complicated to have a label apply. Not to mention, too many people spend too much time parsing and splitting hairs. ‘Tis a waste of time. Just think. Critically think.
Older = Wiser
This wonderful piece in the New York Times warms my soul. It affirms that which I’ve known my entire life.
Especially in this insanely disposable world that discards people based on earned and learned chronology. Keep in mind the fine gradations of mentation, especially when it comes to judgment and wisdom. Senility and senescence are presumed by the doltish generational newbies who forget that advanced age is a club membership they hope to join.
[R]esearch shows that cognitive functioning slows as people age. But speed isn’t everything. A recent study in Topics in Cognitive Science pointed out that older people have much more information in their brains than younger ones, so retrieving it naturally takes longer. And the quality of the information in the older brain is more nuanced. While younger people were faster in tests of cognitive performance, older people showed “greater sensitivity to fine-grained differences,” the study found.