Why We Hate Middle Age

Holland

graduationEvery year, I participate in some kind of commencement ceremony. I have done this for the last 14 years. This year’s ceremony is over and done with, but it still lingers at the edge of my mind.

I hate these events generally. They have a deadening quality of sameness.

I also find them full of offensive, propagandistic lies.

This year’s I found a bit more pleasant. I couldn’t hear it.

But I can imagine what the speakers probably all said, or some version of it:

1) You can do anything if you want it badly enough.

2) Aim high.

3) Do great things. Make us proud.

I wish what we told young people at graduations was something more like this:

1) Be a decent person.

2) Make a modest contribution to your community, understanding that that is probably all that you want to make and all that will be…

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Why We Hate Middle Age

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