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Bertrand Russell’s Advice For How Not to Grow Old

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Advice on how to grow old frequently comes from such banal or bloodless sources that we can be forgiven for ignoring it. We need writers with depth, sensitivity, and eloquence to deliver this message. Bertrand Russell does just that in his essay “How to Grow Old,” written when the philosopher was 81 .
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From Bertrand Russell
1. My first advice would be to choose your ancestors carefully.
2. It does not do to live in memories, in regrets for the good old days, or in sadness about friends who are dead. One’s thoughts must be directed to the future, and to things about which there is something to be done.
3. The other thing to be avoided is clinging to youth in the hope of sucking vigour from its vitality.
4. I think that a successful old age is easiest for those who have strong impersonal interests involving appropriate activities. Make your interests gradually wider and more impersonal, until bit by bit the walls of the ego recede, and your life becomes increasingly merged in the universal life.
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What are your thoughts on Bertrand Russell's advice?
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we have an ageing population who now have a choice: to accept that they are getting older and then get on with something more interesting, or to obsess about how to look younger.
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‘Impersonal interests’ are what lie beyond the"personal" interests of one’s work at the factory, office or professional chambers. They are light and relaxing and meant to take the mind off the day’s work which is over. Unlike work, they are things you don’t have to do systematically and you don’t keep an account of them. They are pastimes.
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Typical impersonal interests are amusements, watering the garden, having the radio or TV on in the background, watching games, going for walks and visits, chatting about things other than work, reading newspapers and magazines." Other terms for impersonal interests are"diversions","recreations", and"relaxation".
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Impersonal interests are meant also to divert the mind from getting bogged down in the all-too-personal interests of pettiness, self-absorption, fear, envy and jealousy.
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For an interest to become meaningful and zestful, it should be something where the knowledge and/or the skill coming from it grows into a respectable degree of expertise.
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There is also another category of impersonal interests where the interests go much deeper than the light, shallow"pastime" variety. In this second category the impersonal interests are confined to one highly selected activity, or no more than a very few highly selected activities, which are practiced in depth. They are constructive and grow hopefully towards a creative output.
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Russel said... One of the sources of unhappiness, fatigue and nervous strain is inability to be interested in anything that is not of practical importance in one’s own life
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Russel said... One of the sources of unhappiness, fatigue and nervous strain is inability to be interested in anything that is not of practical importance in one’s own life
That is true. We should be able to find an inspiration that is unrelated to our work... something that we can do without thinking if it will have a benefit to our future... something we will just truly enjoy.
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That is true. We should be able to find an inspiration that is unrelated to our work... something that we can do without thinking if it will have a benefit to our future... something we will just truly enjoy.
That is true. We should be able to find an inspiration that is unrelated to our work... something that we can do without thinking if it will have a benefit to our future... something we will just truly enjoy.
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Russell speculates that working women tend to be less able than are men to take their minds off their work and lose themselves in some impractical diversion.
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