- Education and Science
The Circle of Life- some thoughts
The Circle of Life
By Tony DeLorger © 2011
Stretched to beyond capacity, I feel my mind cringe behind the onslaught of daily input of which most is irrelevant and purposeless. I desperately try to centre on simplicity and uphold the common sense and wisdom I have been afforded, but the task is complex. Sometimes I wonder whether the weight of technology outweighs the advantages it offers.
Perhaps I’m getting old; incapable or more precisely unwilling, to immerse myself in all the newest technologies. I remember when a phone was for dialling a number and speaking to someone. The young simply absorb technology with a voracious thirst and have an innate connection with it, with seemingly no difficulty. I however struggle now with complex connections and applications, my mind not attuned to that particular train of thought.
Maybe it is a natural cycle, but I for one have shifted my focus from the physical advantages of life to the thinking behind living it. Perhaps that’s what is equated to age and wisdom; we look for more spiritual or at least intellectual answers to life’s conundrums.
The maxim of role reversal with age comes to mind, that we, in our dotage, become the child and our kids the parents. I’m not even close to that scenario, but when the surround sound system fails and I’m standing there scratching my head, it is my youngest who fixes it instantly, shaking his head in disbelief. It’s already started, I admit.
My best mate Bob, who’s in his eighties, keeps referring to it as ‘the circle of life’ and he is of course right. Life moves quickly and our role within it changes in parallel. It only seems like yesterday I was playing in bands, rolling joints and chasing girls. Now I’m watching my own kids do the same, and as a parent there’s little I can do about it beyond give them moral values and a half-descent role model to observe.
As one gets older, the speed at which the world moves increases, at least that’s how it appears. It’s probably more accurate to say that our brains efficiency is slowing down so the world appears faster. Whatever the case, how we equate reality and our opinion of it evolves with different focus. I suppose that could be considered one aspect of the generation gap.
Technology is a wonderful thing and these days I enjoy it without feeling the need to understand all its detail. I’ll leave that to my kids. And forgive me if I seem pathetic, but I don’t wish to spend my time considering those aspects of life. In that I have interest, but sadly no commitment.
Half a century of living has allowed me some experience that both good and bad, has filled my heart with understanding. This I devote to writing and I hope imparting some words of wisdom to my kids and grandkids when the needs arise. The subject of query for me nowadays centres on psychology and philosophy, Nietzsche and Jung and others that have opened the world up like a can of baked beans. The contents fascinate me and help me to be circumspect about my past assumptions about the world and life.
There is one thing in life that is consistent, and that is we never cease to learn, and the more we do, the more we realise we don’t know. Apart from my expression through writing and art, the quest for knowledge of life and how it works will never diminish.
What develops in the world will always be of fascination, but for me, simplicity is now all I seek and less of the complexities that modern living imparts. Change is an interesting concept and often it is not easy to accept, but I always try to accommodate change in my psyche and accept what Bob refers to as ‘the circle of life’.