Upon the recommendation of Halden I am reading a little book entitled: Death and Life: An American Theology by Arthur C. McGill–thus far it is excellent. Here is a quote from McGill, he is underscoring the altitude that Youth has been elevated to, as the standard of what it means to really live apart from death:
How about aging? Aging shows that debility and the loss of life belong esentially to life, that life is mortal through and through. Apparently many Americans are taught that it is shameful for us to show ourselves growing old. There are enormous industries that do nothing but help people conceal their age under some kind of youthful patina. In fact, the whole of American culture gives prominence to youth. Why? I think it is because youth is the time that is full of life, when all the negatives are only minor and accidental. Youth is the actualization, then, of the American ethic. It is to be expected that the American people, so far as they want to create a living world which seems to have no place for death, will idolize youth as the best and truest time of life, and will teach individuals to value anyone who can maintain the style and appearance of youth. (Click here for ordering info: Arthur McGill, “Death and Life: An American Theology,” 19)
As McGill puts it, . . . death is so totally outside of life, that it is also totally outside of human aspirations and value. . . . So we must pretend that we are not dying. Thus the ethic of youth highlighted above. But we are constantly in the state of death, from the moment of conception. Anyway there are more quotes to come . . . and remember Grey hair is a crown of glory, that is if you are in Christ.