The times they are changing | Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

There are so many things one can observe and experience the longer you have the opportunity to hang around in this world. When you were a child or even a young adult, the more mature adults called it the “wisdom of age.” When we were young, most of us looked at that notion as a bunch of bunk: After all, who had the time to wait around and waste your youth waiting to gain wisdom?

You set a plan for your life and then go about filling it up with goals and aspirations. You accept certain debts, take on certain baggage and take on the world and all it has to offer.

But as you grow much older, you begin to realize there might be something to that wisdom stuff those mature adults were pedaling way back when. You begin looking at things in very different perspective and weigh life’s experiences against the realities of the day.

Change, it seems, is all around us. It’s always been there, but when you are young, change is seen as exciting and new. When you are older and more comfortable with life’s predictability, change can be unsettling and can flow against the grain of your life’s experiences.

So where am I heading with all this philosophical stuff about age and wisdom?

Certain news stories and headlines reflecting changes in our culture and way of life have become a frequent occurrence. Most of the time, we just accept them as just another change. Other times, we sit up, take notice and attempt to apply that long earned wisdom we now possess.

A recent poll, from my perspective, shook the bedrock of the human race. Through most of my life, and I think for centuries before if not the beginning of time, when man stopped being a nomad and began to establish roots.

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@newmarketpressvt.com or dan@denpubs.com.

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