Old Age Is Not a Pathology

What a French philosopher can teach us about aging well

Eric Weiner
Forge
Published in
4 min readFeb 16, 2022

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Simone de Beauvoir in 1983. (Photo by Daniel SIMON/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)

Old age is the last terra incognita. There are few road maps, and even fewer role models. Sure, there are plenty of old people impersonating young people, but they are role models for old people impersonating young people. They are not role models for growing old.

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Eric Weiner
Forge
Writer for

Philosophical Traveler. Recovering Malcontent. Author of four books, including my latest: “The Socrates Express.”