When we are young we will:
- Think we can own the world
- Want to destroy institutions
- ï»¿Fall in love with love
- Join radical movements
But when we grow old, we will change.
- We will talk about what’s been lost
- ï»¿Enjoy convenience
- Want things a certain way
- ï»¿Protect what we have built
Are all of these things inevitable? I don’t know. But the shock rockers of old world have become the reality television stars of the new, the hippies have become oligarchs, and the champions of the many have become the advocates of the few. Things change.
In every one of us there is a part that wants every one of the above. One side is always stronger, but we can sometimes feel the other breaking through. We feel it when we clutch our purse in the subway or when we feel outrage at what a government is doing. Open and closed areÂ opposite trends but neither will ever die.
Every day we get to choose a side. Every day we embrace the new, we get younger. Every day we aren’t willing to abandon what came before, we get older.
Somewhere in the middle, I’m guessing there’s a sweet spot. Right?
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