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Well, what else would you like to know about me? Send me three evocative questions, and I'll tell you my story. As I said, Death doesn't scare me as much as it used to. Dying is scary tho, or can be, if I imagine drowning in the ocean, for example. Many fears are by-products of our imagination. our propensity to conjure boogeymen to give form to our anxiety about an uncertain future. We can worry obsessively about the time and circumstances of our death, over which we usually feel powerless, and who and what we will leave behind. Or we can just let go of all that-- recognize it as fiction and learn to accept the reality of our present. Neither past nor future is inhabitable; only the present is.

In traditional societies everywhere, and well into the modern age, the older generation transmitted to the younger the wisdom, knowledge and skills, and the socio-cultural norms, values and myths that it inherited, as refined and modified through their own life experience.

Social institutions like extended families and established communal rituals shaped and vitalized the roles, customs and relationships in small coherent communities.

Today, I hardly recognize the world into which I was acculturated, where we all got our news from the same three networks and Walter Chronkite was the "most-trusted man" in America.; where genetic engineering and artificial intelliegence were the fascinating stuff of science fiction; where "friend" meant someone you knew well, and "research" involved going to the library and carrying a sack of books home. I can't fathom how the grandkids will adapt to the flood of stimuli to which they are subjected from birth.

If the pace and depth of recent socio-technical change are as accelerated and transformative as they appear to me, what useful knowledge can I pass on?


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