What’s Age got to do with it?

One of the most important things I learned from my Grandmother happened when I was 10 or 11 and she must have been in her 60′s. I had walked into the bedroom while she was getting dressed and I remember being shocked by her body being so saggy (11 kids, what to expect?). She laughed and then gave me this life lesson: “I may look old to you, but let me tell you, inside I’m 16. Always have been, always will be.”

So I say again, What does age have to do with anything? You are not too young to start learning what you really want to know, nor are you too old. Here’s the thing: I’m 72 and I’ve got lots of questions left I want answers to and I’m going for them.

It was William James who postulated that humans use only a small part of their potential brain functions. Just as flowers are meant to bloom, humans are designed to develop to the biological limits of their capacity.

But most of us don’t,–we’re like a field full of wilted and half-opened flowers hunched into our egos, content with ‘enough’ or even less than ‘enough’ when our capacity for growth is so vast.

One of  nature’s built in drivers to fulfill our capacity is our need for meaning in our lives. It is this that asks the questions and then looks for the answers. Too often what we settle for is entertainment or blindly accepting what the media, the government, or our religious institutions feed us instead of seeking our own answers based on experience and thoughtful reasoning. Only experience ever really teaches us anything.

Just as the words, “don’t touch, it’s hot,” are meaningless to a child until it gets burned, freedom is something we think we have until we really think about what it means for our mind to be free of someone else’s concepts. It’s that freedom to explore that you should treasure and use. And with the resources we now have in this world, why not begin to dig into it?

Right now, write down 2 big questions you have. Here are a couple of mine:
How could the early humans have conceived of the creator as male when life so obviously came from woman? & What can I do to tap into that potential of mind that William James says we don’t use?

 

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3 thoughts on “What’s Age got to do with it?

  1. My favourite William James quote: To change one’s life: Start immediately. Do if flamboyantly. No exceptions.

    And I agree with you on the question of creator as male. When I was little, I couldn’t understand how there could be a Father, a Son, but no Mother–only a Holy Ghost. Talk about removing the Divine Feminine…

  2. About freedom… I have taken to saying that freedom is the ability to hurt people (including one’s self). This seems jarring for a moment, but think about it. Without the ability to hurt yourself (or other people), freedom would be an empty concept.

    Of course I add two more things:

    2. Wisdom is knowing how not to hurt people (including yourself).
    3. Responsibility is choosing not to hurt people (including yourself).

    And in order to gain wisdom and responsibility, we sometimes need the freedom to experiment in the relative absence of those things.

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