All grown-ups were once children, but only few of them
With age children lose the gift that allows them naturally
to live in harmony with their spirit.
The most important thing that we loose as we grow older is
Getting old is not about ageing, its about spirit.
Adults aren't disappointed simply because we have grown
bigger, or obtained jobs, or taken on responsibilities. We are disappointed
because for many of us these pursuits have taken on a disproportionate
importance. We have forgotten how to see the world as it actually is and are
blinded by appearances. We see people as statistics, education as functional,
food as fuel, clothing as utilitarian and books as unnecessary luxury. We
vastly over-value what we can experience with the senses. If this is what it
means to be a grown up, is it any wonder that Saint-Exupery refused to condone
our way of life? We are like the accountant he describes, spending our days
working over our books, counting everything up, claiming ownership of all we
can fit in the ledger, and failling to see that we live in a whole, wild
universe filled with stars somewhere in the midst of which one, unique rose
lives on a planet and calls out for love.