On Growing Old in the United States (Series on “Minding the Web”)

“The substitution of technique for wisdom is one of the main reasons that we have no place for understanding the responsibilities and status of the elderly. In wisdom cultures the elderly are expected to remember the judgments made in the past about matters that can be other. Once a social order no longer depends on memory the old have no responsibility to younger generations. The result, too often, is to make growing old a dreadful development that may increasingly be understood as an illness. To grow old in societies like the United States means your primary re­sponsibility is to get out of the way.”1

This is the eighth in a series of posts highlighting captivating, provocative, or simply entertaining quotes from the forthcoming book Minding the Web: Making Theological Connections by Stanley Hauerwas with Robert J. Dean (Cascade).

  1. Stanley Hauerwas, “The Good Life,” in Minding the Web: Making Theological Connections (Eugene, OR: Cascade, 2018), 105.

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