I've heard some elderly say that they live day-by-day.
What does this mean?
“Well, we don't know how much time we have left, how many days, months or years.”
It seems that this shows a diminishing sense of future and with it a decline in the reality of purpose.
Is there purpose to life when one thinks of only living a day at a time?
How do we plan for just one day? We can't plan the care of a garden for just one day.
Do we need to develop a culture where the elderly feel that they belong and belong within a social system, where they are participating in an on-going process similar to that of children in school, where they are involved with utlimate goals?
Perhaps all age groups need such a culture?
Although older adults see their past in some of the youth who occasionally come into their lives, younger people see little or no significance or personalized future that they can identify with as they encounter seniors. Perhaps this is reflected in the casual relationships of today's society.
Many young people engage in a seeming kindness as they come in contact with older people, while some do not. Is there any recognition of the elderly person's psychological condition? How does their diminishing sense of future affect their psyche.
I've heard mature people of lessor age refer to their maturing stage of life as they seem to sense it. But is this in the same way?
The mature have the knowledge that they can still plan for a significant time span ahead. Aren't they only commenting on their recognition of the their lost feeling of youthfulness? For they still hold a sense of future.
Youth is only one stage of life. If we live long enough, we reach a realized finale—the last stage.
This feeling depends on the individual. But I've seen a loss of luster in many of the elderly with whom I've talked with—a day-to-day type of thinking.
What is needed? The invention of a “social continuum process”—a sort of on-going process that provides a strong sense of future and belonging.
Is this done by the mere participation of all individuals and where they can become part of something that seems to have no beginning and no end? Can we really invent cultural elements and add them on to the rest?
(A note to myself--can we consciously modify culture)?