We all get older. It’s inevitable. And as we get older, we change. (Some might argue that we don’t ever change, and that a human being’s fundamental personality remains relatively fixed over time. I think this argument makes sense when you’re really focused on particular aspects of that person that you WISH they would change, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t actually change, they just might not change in the direction that you want them to.) As the accumulation of all of our experiences over time, we have no choice but to reinterpret the world anew each day with the most recent information available. This is why so many of us, despite our greatest fears, end up “becoming our parents.” There are certainly cyclical familial patterns, but it’s just as much a function of aging. Culturally, we share, in the broadest sense, various stages of the life cycle. This guy knows what I’m talking about. It’s not a bad thing, or even if it is a bad thing, at the very least there is not much that we can do about it. And so, for example, people who were not particularly interested in cute videos or dog humor in the past, suddenly find themselves living with a dog and caring for that dog and now they are a person who loves cute videos and enjoys dog humor very much. That is just a random example that I just made up for no reason and is not about anyone specific, I’m sure. But, if we were to carry that example further, that person might take great delight in this video of a dog trying to play fetch with a statue. And in so doing (taking great delight) might recognize that this is a new facet of their sense of self. And in so doing might recognize that they are still getting older. And in so doing might remember that they are going to die one day.
Hahahhaha. LOOK AT THAT PUPPY HE WANTS TO PLAY! HE IS JUST TRYING TO ENJOY HIS LIFE IN THE FACE OF AN ABSURD AND IMMOVABLE WILL THAT REFUTES HIM. Aren’t we all. (Via LaughingSquid.)