Kamál, 15 Qawl (Speech), 178 B.E.
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Getting old, however, should not be equated with sickness of uselessness. Ageing can be a very fulfilling and creative process. Old age is a period of freedom from the anxiety of occupational achievement and raising children. It can be a period of reflection on the meaning of life and the individual’s place in the universe. As the person grows in wisdom, personal goals are directed towards inner reality. In this phase of existence the struggle to have is often overcome by the will to be.
In many people, the creative process unfolds with ageing. There are numerous examples of creative people who produced masterpieces of literary, scientific, artistic, philosophical or other work in old age. In the history of the Bahá’í Faith, too, a number of individuals have risen to prominence and service to the Bahá’í Cause in the latter part of their lives.
This book intends to address the process of ageing and coping in the light of the Bahá’í Writings and current professional knowledge. Old age is a neglected period of human life which needs to be closely examined, understood and prepared for. 1
My sister and brother-in-law recently relocated and chose to donate several books in their library rather than move them. Many of these volumes are not well-known, but due to the topics they cover and the manner in which their authors explore them, they warrant a nod of recognition before being sent on their way. Accordingly, most quotes referenced in the “Quoted” section come from these books. Maybe they will stir (or renew) your interest, too.
- Ghadirian, Abdu’l-Missagh A. Ageing: Challenges and Opportunities. 1st ed, George Ronald, 1991, 10-11. [return]