In this day and age of social media, we are constantly assaulted with the need and desire to interact with our own little areas of cyber space. It has even become a trend of satire sites to post comical pictures of everyone in a crowd on their phones, nary a one interacting with or observing the world around them. Amusing to be sure, but rather sad when we step back and look at what we are losing. The world is full of fantastical tales and fonts of fancy, all just a few questions away. If our children are the blanks pages of the future, our elders are most certainly the memoirs of our past.
But why listen to those old fogies? The jaded, the sodded and misanthropic curmudgeons of yesteryear, listening to their Louis Armstrong, John Phillip Sousa and Frank Sinatra. Well for one thing… They’re. Still. Fucking. Alive!!! One way or another, if you live long enough to be a grandparent or anywhere above fifty, you have learned a thing or two about life and how to survive. Whether by luck, or faith, or perseverance, the legacy of those who came before us is a trademark to the tenacity of the human spirit.
And according to Grandmama Eudora Addams, the human spirit is a hard thing to kill… “even with a chainsaw.” See, mature and un-defiled wisdom right there for ya! And she’s not even real! Just imagine the plethora of knowledge and first-hand experience you could glean from those partially senile and moth-ball scented old minds situated all around you.
For a warm and feel good clip of sagacious advice, this older gentleman has a positive message to share;
Elderly married couples with the years to back their affectionate offerings give a few pointers to the younger generation;
A This hundred and five year old Scottish lady tells her story, and gives personal advice on the importance of faith and peace;
Or these two hilarious old fellas, with “some snow on the top but fire in the belly”;
But don’t just go on youtube.com and search for the stories of people you don’t know. The ones I linked above were a primer, something to get you going. If you’re lucky enough to still have your grandparents around, ask them out for a lunch date or a cup of coffee. Dinner before bingo, catch an old flick at the dilapidated cinema downtown or simply tell them you want to spend some time with them. I assure you, that the wisdom they can share, and the questions they can answer is worth far, far more than many a silent musing on your own, with a beer in hand and the headphones on.
One of the most grievous sins of any generation is the forgetting of past orthodoxies, the trials and tribulations of those who came before us and the regimes which stood, and fell. The second world war began and ended during the memory of some of our more aged relatives, and the conflicts that followed are for some as plain as yesterday. The character that one can acquire through the decades, as fashions come and go, public opinion is influenced and individuals make names for themselves is astounding. Should these unique experiences be left untold and lost to the annuals of time, the very things which should by all rights be immortal will forever fall to the untended clutter of the ages.
To those who forget the lessons of the past, they are doomed to repeat them. Our ultimate success or failure lies in the conventions of the men and women who paved the way for us, and in understanding where we came from. It’s all right there, in those silver locked heads and haunted eyes, those wrinkle-creased smiles and overpowering colognes. They have stood the test of time and can help us all to remember the lessons of yesterday, they lived them after all. Will you be another clay-soft stumbling block in the future of humanity, or an exemplar that builds upon the foundation of all that we could become?
So, how can you accomplish this miraculous feat? Why, simply ask that venerable person next to you of course!
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