Wednesday, June 27, 2012

On He Plays Football Into His Forties: Understanding the meaning of old age

OK, let's clarify up front. It's American football this guy plays. Not the round ball kind. American football is tough on the body. Injuries mean that the career of professional players is short -- what? on average less than four years. Granted, this guy is playing semi-pro, not the NFL, nevertheless, the guy looks in shape. Here he is exercising AFTER the football game, after everybody else has departed from the stadium. He also reportedly does yoga to stay in shape. My source on this? Coach Sharp, who himself played into his forties at semi-pro level, playing on the Tacoma Invaders against this guy's team, the Seattle Stallions, in the 2010 post-season.
Man must walk in many paths and be subjected to various processes in his evolution upward. Physically he is not born in full stature but passes through consecutive stages of fetus, infant, childhood, youth, maturity and old age. Suppose he had the power to remain young throughout his life. He then would not understand the meaning of old age and could not believe it existed. If he could not realize the condition of old age, he would not know that he was young. He would not know the difference between young and old without experiencing the old. Unless you have passed through the state of infancy, how would you know this was an infant beside you?

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