I think we can all agree age is a very high price to pay for maturity, but what maturity teaches you is the feeling so often that you have seen that before, heard that debate before, experienced that moment before.
Being married to a historian just cements this assertion. My wife reminds me that we rarely learn the largest life lessons the first time, history repeats itself.
So on seeing yet another example of “man’s inhumanity to man’ on the news the following quote by Tom Stoppard always surfaces in my thoughts.
“We cross our bridges when we come to them and burn them behind us, with nothing to show for our progress except a memory of the smell of smoke, and a presumption that once our eyes watered.”Tom Stoppard