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Darrel Bristow-Bovey: “Life is a Struggle, But Some Struggles Are Good”

Darrel Bristow-Bovey’s latest column for Random House Struik, ‘Against the dying of the light’:

Like most South Africans in recent weeks, I have been thinking about what it means to grow old, to grow weak and to run out of time. If I take too much after my father, I am two-thirds of the way there. If I take after my grandmother, ninety-eight last weekend, I’m still short of halfway. Either way, it is frightening to be this far along, but calm mathematics shows there is still time left. The real fear is that the second half is qualitatively worse than the first, that now entropy begins, energy winding down until coldness.
I dislike the positive images of old age with which the culture tries to encourage me: happy old folk with the long labour behind them, stretching in tracksuits and taking appreciative walks well bundled beside the sea, twinkling with grateful pleasure over grandchildren and tea.

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