The case can be made by those of advancing age that as the years go by, one must learn to live on less and less as a matter of expediency in the increasingly uneasy quest for survival. Surety and security come into focus as one’s youthful sense of invulnerability dissipates after an experience of violence or one’s impotence to defend one’s self before before the imminence of same. The descent of once robust physicality, the growing inadequacy of internal plumbing, all these factors signal that existence is running on short and there is little left to take for granted in the daily progress of one’s life. The end of each year brings a growing closer identification with ‘Father Time’ as opposed to his newly soon to be attached grandchild. The year past providing ample evidence that things are no longer the way they used to be. A drive to the far edge of town seeming infinitively more crowded than in the yesteryear of past decades. One’s insignificance being diminished further down another flea on a massive dog’s back of endless strip mall lined asphalt lanes subtending matrices of tiny brick boxes. The ego deflated into ever tighter confines. The arbitrary social marker of another revolution by the planet around the sun. Does this mean we are all that much closer to final extinction a billion or so years hence? If humility can be said to require the proper environment to blossom then it is within the perception of these current mental confines. All one can strive to do is to start out to be one then two and eventually four rising multiplying exponentially like any other species or competitive phylum. Everything beyond survival and growth is a false vanity. Happy New Year and prosper!
Another New Year’s Eve