Weekly Photo Challenge: OLD

Taken at Tohono Chul Park, Tucson

Stone walls of a Romanesque church — one time frame, one definition of OLD.

In a living creature, OLD takes on new definitions. Sequoias may live for hundreds of years, but a desert tree is old much more quickly, indeed, is lucky to survive at all. And so it is for all of us, compared to rocks and mountains and sequoias —

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6 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: OLD

  1. Pauline says:

    I say we should venerate age, not try to disguise it or avoid it. Old to a mayfly is anywhere from 30 minutes to a day. Old for us is 100 years, old to a tortoise is 176 years, old to a redwood is hundreds of years, and a 9550-year-old “Christmas tree” discovered on a Swedish mountain is the planet’s most ancient known living plant. It’s all relative 🙂 We’re all lucky to survive, yes?

    • Touch2Touch says:

      Indeed we are lucky —
      If I get much older, my elbows will look like this tree in Tohono Chul park —

    • Stef says:

      I fully agree – “old” is nothing to be ashamed of, but rather to be celebrated; it’s through age (and experience) that one acquires wisdom; and wisdom is more valuable than any other ‘thing’ I can think of…

      • Touch2Touch says:

        Wisdom is very valuable indeed. But having just heard a story of cruelty in ordinary social intercourse — not violence or anything like that, just common garden-variety every-day cruelty, horrifying by its casualness and unconcern — I would rank compassion (empathy?) right up there with it.

      • Stef says:

        Ah – and I would assert that true wisdom contains an abundance of compassion. Without compassion, it’s just “information”, perhaps “knowledge”, but certainly not wise.

      • Touch2Touch says:

        Interesting, Stef. You’re quite right; I never examined my own conception of “wisdom.”
        But I wish more people did, and came to that conclusion; somehow there seems to be more “wisdom” (knowledge, probably) around than compassion. Somewhere I found a quote from a little boy who prayed, Please make bad people good, and make good people nice. Something like that —

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