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Ah, the "Golden Years!" The vaunted authenticating, value-conferring patina of the antique piece has nothing in common with the marks of aging for those of us in the "human being" category. Our marks of aging are not alone the obvious physical changes, but very often the loss of mental acuity, social skills, and opportunities for significant contributions to the life around us. Such marks most certainly validate our aging but surely tend to devalue us as individuals. It will not be surprising that for many of us nostalgia for its own sake becomes a way of life. Why need it be so? Perhaps many of our thoughts and our conversations can and should be turned to more productive ends. Perhaps in such a way the value of the marks of our aging will be derived from unseen and unexpected sources.
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