By William Ian Miller
In wasting It, William Ian Miller brings his inimitable wit and studying to the topic of growing older: too previous to subject, of both rightly wasting your self assurance or wrongly keeping it, culpably refusing to stand the truth that you're wasting it. The “it” in Miller’s “losing it” refers as a rule to psychological faculties—memory, processing velocity, sensory acuity, the means to concentration. however it comprises different facts as well—sags and flaccidities, aches and pains, failing joints and organs. What are we to make of those tell-tale indicators? Does ageing gracefully suggest greater than easily refusing unseemly beauty surgical procedures? How can we face decline and the ultimate drawing of the blinds? can we be aware of if and once we have lingered too long?Drawing on a life of deep learn and concerned statement, Miller enlists the knowledge of the ancients to confront those vexed questions head on. Debunking the sleek new picture of outdated age that has followed the graying of the newborn Boomers, he conjures a misplaced international of getting older rituals—complaints, taking to mattress, resentments of one’s heirs, schemes for taking it with you or settling up money owed and scores—to remind us of the continued dilemmas of outdated age. Darkly clever and sublimely written, this exhilarating and whimsical e-book will bring up the spirits of readers, old and young.
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And avarice? Until the twentieth century, with only rare exceptions, the old had no pensions, no annuities. ” Avarice had another virtue: it kept one’s mind active. 7 Much was made of the fact back then that no one clings to life more tenaciously than the old, and the old are mocked for it. Why seek so unrelentingly to prolong life once it has largely been sapped? . ”8 Euripides has Admetus OLD VIEWS OF OLD AG E 41 make the same observation: “It seems that old men, who find fault with age and length of years, pray for death insincerely.
Would the Lord need such threatening tones— “Thou shalt rise up before the hoary head, and honor the face of the old man, and fear thy God: I am the Lord” (Lev. 32)—if OLDER , YES, BUT WISER? 51 the cultural norm were to honor hoary old men for merely being hoary? Moreover, within chapters of sternly ordering one to honor the face of an old man, Leviticus more pragmatically prices the redemptive value of a man over sixty at 15 shekels, down from the 50 shekels that was his value between the ages of twenty and sixty years old, while an old woman declines in value from 30 to 10 shekels (Lev.
Self-plagiarism does explain the extraordinary productivity of a few well-known academics; why should I be any different? Didn’t I already say that in my Faking It book? . I forgot what I was getting up to do. Was I going to check Faking It? Then why would I have started to get up since I have a searchable version on my hard drive? Was I going to look up a word in the Latin dictionary? If I were, the thought that I might have been thus embarked does not prompt a rediscovery of the intention. I am certain that I did form an intention.