Thinking Allowed: Creative Senility (Donovan Bess)
Explore Creative Senility, or how to grow old with both grace and disgrace, with journalist Dr. Donovan Bess whose work has covered the human potential and spiritual movements. His is a practical wisdom.
Bess draws humorous inspiration from a poem by Yeats, who writes that he wishes to end up, rather than a wise old man, more of a foolish old man — which is in a sense closer to the innate wisdom of a child's wonder at life. Often the wisdom that adults are expected to maintain takes on a stiff or weighty demeanor all its own, and can become out of tune with our own creativity or playfulness, our life flow.
Bess points out that sometimes forgetfulness as you get older is a benefit because it's tiring carrying around all the information that's not being used, so why not live in the moment a little more?