Age and Wisdom

“I am not young enough to know everything.”  Oscar Wilde

I ran across this quote and love the combination of truth and irony.  I find, and think this was at least one of Wilde’s points, that age, if I am paying attention and am humble enough to entertain the thought, has a way of revealing to me what I don’t know – and I don’t know a lot.  Thankfully, age also brings with it an acceptance of that lack of certainty that youth so despised.  That is, I find that age seems to be accompanied by a willingness to embrace the lack of certainty and knowledge, a willingness to, as Iris Dement sings, “let the mystery be.”

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