” It is enough that our fathers have believed. They have exhausted the faith-faculty of the species. Their legacy to us is the skepticism of which they were afraid.” – Oscar Wilde
I don’t agree with all that Wilde says here, but there’s much truth in his words about, “…the skepticism of which they were afraid.” Why is it that as people grow older they tend to tighten up in their beliefs and stance towards life?
Surely the passing years need to move us in to a deeper openness and realization of just how little we know. Isn’t that the source of true wisdom? Too often it does the exact opposite. Ageing needs to move hand in hand with a healthy and constructive skepticism. If it doesn’t, it really has very little to contribute. There’s nothing more tragic than an old dogmatic fossil.