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Old Rockers

When I was growing up (I turned 50 this year, with hair that has turned from dark blonde to mostly grey over the last couple of years, so it seems that I finally have) I remember thinking that my grandparents were what getting old was like. I thought everyone became like them (I have many fond memories of all 4 of them, all of whom lived into their 80s and 90s - one nearly made it to 100) because all of the other old folks that I knew seemed similar in values and behavior. While there are some common characteristics of old people of all generations (hopefully, people do become wiser from life's lessons learned), I now realize that people remain, to a large degree, who they've always been. My elderly grandparents were the way they were, a little because they were elderly, but mostly because that's the way they were all their lives. People don't stop being who they are, no matter how old they get. They may get better, or they may get worse, but they don't become someone else.

More Than Just The Chairs Will Be Rocking

The Sands of Time An example to prove that may be Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones (and many others like him e.g. Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan) who, now in his 60s, still does his thing on stage just as he did when he was 18 or 20. Will he still be up there at age 70? If he's alive he will (his wild "life"style likely has cost him some longevity). Will he be up there at 80, and beyond, too? Why not? Many of the people in his audience will be "old rockers" too. Mick Jagger will be to old folks of his generation what earlier popular musicians, of different sorts of music, were to old folks of every earlier generation - in principle, nothing has changed. The only difference that may happen is that in the future, instead of rocking chairs, old folks homes will have "rockers" of a different sort. The higher rate of high-decibel hearing loss notwithstanding, I don't think that retirement homes are going to be the quiet places that they were in earlier times.

What the Word of God has to say about "old folks" was written long, long ago. And yet every generation of "senior citizens" through time have felt very much as though it described them - another proof that people not only don't change within their own lives, but that humanity as a whole hasn't changed (and neither has God - see the Fact Finder question below).

"Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6 KJV)

"The glory of young men is their strength: and the beauty of old men is the grey head" (Proverbs 20:29 KJV)

"The righteous shall flourish like the palm tree: he shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. Those that be planted in the house of The Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God. They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing" (Psalm 92:12-14 KJV)

Yet another proof that people don't change (apart from Turning To God if they weren't brought up that way) is that someone who was a fool in youth is headed to being a fool in old age (although, by definition, not as many fools make it to old age):

"Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished." (Ecclesiastes 4:13 KJV)

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