You probably know the division of human life into two parts. In the first half of life, our task is to strengthen our ego, creating a space for us in human society. It is time to get a profession, make money, secure your financial independence, constitute a family, all external objectives. In the second part, you should take care of your soul.
In our materialist Western societies, the midlife crises, strong as it may be, does not change the life of many. They continue to pursue earthly objectives: making more money even if they don’t need that anymore, trying to climb the professional ladder, looking for external recognition and buying more and more material goods that they probably do not need.
Did you notice that we meet two kinds of old people in life: the ones that keep complaining from life – the boring elders – and the ones that give us pleasure to talk to? Unfortunately, in our Western societies, the majority belongs to the first group. The second group, the sage, is not often met.