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grand finale
What will you leave behind?
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BY CHIP CONLEY
" There is nothing inherently ennobling
about aging. Nothing. There's no sign that
anything lends old people steadiness or
wisdom or magic from on high or from
down below. If we don't train young people
and middle-aged people in elderhood, we
will have no elderhood...The day will surely
dawn when young people will come to
you-as they have begun to come to me-
and ask what you did about the troubles,
and whether you knew how bad it was, or
whether you handed over to them a diminished
world with a shrug of compassion
fatigue and a vacant wish of good luck, or
whether you stood up for them. Until that
day, you and I are-and we must be elders
in training. "
- Stephen Jenkinson, " Come of Age:
The Case for Elderhood in a Time of Trouble "
37 GRAND Summer 2022
"
e all become older. If we put our minds and hearts into it,
some of us might become elders. And by elder, I don't mean
someone who dispenses wisdom to young people sitting at
their feet, but a modern elder, who is as much of a wisdom seeker as she
is a wisdom keeper.
As we age, our role is not to share war stories of times long since
passed but to be a collaborative problem solver with other generations,
whether the problem is the climate crisis, social and financial inequity,
the risks of artificial intelligence and big tech, or just the need for more
parks for school children in your neighborhood.
I don't mean someone who dispenses
wisdom to young people sitting at their feet,
but a modern elder, who is as much of
a wisdom seeker as she is a wisdom keeper.
"
Long ago, after World War II and the Korean War, there was a saying,
" What did you do in the war, Daddy? " In other words, what did you do
to make the world safe? What was your contribution? Your kids, grandkids,
or, if you're lucky, great-grandkids may ask you the same question
about your role in addressing some of the gnarly societal problems that
may have catastrophic effects on future generations. What will your
answer be?
To paraphrase Erik Erikson, " you are what survives you. "
Chip Conley is the founder of MEA - The Modern Elder Academy
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