Quote of the day: AGING

October 23, 2011

AGING

Among the San Bushmen of southern Africa…the hunt for game with poison-tipped arrows depends on moving rapidly across the veld…. When men become too old to participate in the hunt, they become the makers of the arrows – and tradition ascribes to the arrow maker the primary credit for the kill…. Similarly, only when women are too old for childbearing are they permitted to become shamanic healers, a translation of the love and care they have given their children to the health of the wider community. In both cases, an appropriately limited effort is recognized as having a profound value.

— Mary Catherine Bateson

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