April 23, 2009

The wisdom of years

“I think that to achieve true adulthood is to understand the simplicity of things. We’re locked in a funny arc, most of us, in terms of what we know. When you are goony and fourteen years old you think the most important thing in life is love. Then you mature, become more sober and thoughtful, and realize the most import thing in life is achieving, leaving your mark, making breakthroughs in the field of science, or winning an Academy Award in recognition of a serious body of work, or creating security for yourself or your family through having a good house and sending your kids to good schools. And then you get older and realize the most important thing in life is love. Giving love to others and receiving it from God. All the rest, the sober, thoughtful things, are good and constructive but love is the thing. The rest is just more or less what you were doing between fourteen and wisdom.”
—Peggy Noonan


  1. The greatest of these is love. Thanks Richard.

  2. Decadent - Christ's disciples were told that the world would recognize us by the love we show to one another.

    A letter written by a local politician to the Roman Caesar during the early days of the Church told of a group of folks by the name of "Christian" who made the Roman officials and leaders look bad because they took better care of the poor, sick, and downtrodden than did the state. The letter described them as being known for their "loving nature."

    I think we have fallen a long way since then. We need to be known for our love again.


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