Nothing Left To Prove

Clergy Guy has a great post on his time spent visiting the elderly.  Read the whole thing.  Here’s just his moral, but there’s a lot of fun getting here:

Often someone will grab my hand and speak urgently of what they used to do. “I was a policeman for 35 years.” “I owned a ranch.” “I have five children.” They want me to know that they were once somebody significant.

When I walk into a stuffy smelly room to visit an old man in his bed and I see WWII medals on the wall behind him, I realize that older folks have nothing more to prove. They are heroes who refuse to go away.

Could I ask you a favor? If you’re like me, you don’t like going to the nursing home. Please go anyway. You will make someone’s day just by entering the building. You could find a blessing, too, if you look deeply enough to really see the people.

Your Thoughts?

About Daniel Fincke

Dr. Daniel Fincke  has his PhD in philosophy from Fordham University and spent 11 years teaching in college classrooms. He wrote his dissertation on Ethics and the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche. On Camels With Hammers, the careful philosophy blog he writes for a popular audience, Dan argues for atheism and develops a humanistic ethical theory he calls “Empowerment Ethics”. Dan also teaches affordable, non-matriculated, video-conferencing philosophy classes on ethics, Nietzsche, historical philosophy, and philosophy for atheists that anyone around the world can sign up for. (You can learn more about Dan’s online classes here.) Dan is an APPA  (American Philosophical Practitioners Association) certified philosophical counselor who offers philosophical advice services to help people work through the philosophical aspects of their practical problems or to work out their views on philosophical issues. (You can read examples of Dan’s advice here.) Through his blogging, his online teaching, and his philosophical advice services each, Dan specializes in helping people who have recently left a religious tradition work out their constructive answers to questions of ethics, metaphysics, the meaning of life, etc. as part of their process of radical worldview change.

  • Dave Smith

    Great post.

    Loved “Just let me wander out into the winter wilderness to experience its final embrace.”

    Not that her father wanted to actually die in the snow, but it reminded me of the story behind Laura Marling’s Goodbye England.

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LULHxqyqfDY]


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