I have been reading ‘The Spooky Art’ by Norman Mailer. It is a great book(so far) within insights on the craft and career of writing. He writes this about one-liners, or aphorisms; “the world is growing genuinely complex that it’s limiting to enclose it with aphorisms, no matter how brilliant. One has to qualify them.”
He goes on to promote the exercise of expanding on aphorism and possibly trying to argue for or against it. “One good reason for indulging this exercise is to remind young writers never to hitch their minds to a wise saying. A wiser one can usually be built upon it, or, at least, one ought to make the attempt.”
So, for this week, I will attempt this exercise with a great one-line from one of the best.
“Age is an issue of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter.” -Mark Twain-
Age possesses as much importance as we give it. There is no true difference to having a friend who is older than us to having a friend who is younger. Either one of these individuals can have a wealth of knowledge, experience, and intelligence to offer us in our own life. Of course, it is in our own life where age becomes more difficult to ignore. When we grow slow physically and mentally there is no ignoring the reasons. The less you mind age, the less it matters. But, there are times it will demand acknowledgment.
This is part of LindaGHill’s One-Liner Wednesday: