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Wednesday, December 21, 2005

 

Our Newest Op Ed

Upon Reflection
- By Greg Stewart


There is a benefit in attending school when you are an older adult one has the ability to exercise, to tap, one's own life experiences. In so being, that one's accessible experiences to debunk the philosophy of "theory" versus "practical" applications, which are examined in the enchantment of youth, and the various entrapments, has its benefits. Oh, one can still explore the esoteric, the obscure, but attending school as a more seasoned individual gives perspectives on the nature of things ; the way of things-if you please. In as much that life can be often be viewed personally, as a mere card game, in that, one's own personal narrative lets an individual not only examine the qualities of life's as a card game, but allows one to expand one's purview, such that, life's experiences may evolve into a more complex game for the mature adult-such as chess.

The evolution of growth from this game of life, chess that is, is far more representative, the subtle machinations of life workings can be viewed remotely, and objectively. Life's pitfalls such as dealing with death, illness, and aging are "on par" for the more mature person's journey of life. In the card game of life, however, the brevity of each hand reflects the short term perspective; chess can be both. The choices an individual makes, good or bad choices, guide the individual toward the either shorter or long term path. These paths may render the complexity of life's games, chess or cards. ... .........
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