Saturday, July 17, 2010

Speaking Philosophically

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.” (—Quoth Shakespeare’s Juliet)

While, it may not be as poetic a phrase, the question today is: “What’s in a number?”

The Knight has been alternately bemused and incredulous at his New Number: 68.

Twice 34?

Wasn’t that just yesterday?

Thirty-four. The age of endless possibilities.

Sixty-eight. Two-thirds of the way (and a smidge) to the “age of a tree.”

Robert Browning cheerily contemplated aging with these famous words:

Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made….

. . . All that is, at all,
Lasts ever, past recall;
Earth changes, but thy soul and God stand sure:
What entered into thee,
That was, is, and shall be:
Time's wheel runs back or stops: Potter and clay endure.

Look not thou down but up!
To uses of a cup….
But I need, now as then,
Thee, God, who mouldest men….
So, take, and use thy work:
Amend what flaws may lurk,
What strain o’ the stuff, what warpings past the aim!
My times be in thy hand!
Perfect the cup as planned!

So, I repeat: what’s in a number?

For a man of faith, his age, at any given time, is merely a bench mark.

A bench mark is a surveyor’s mark made on a permanent landmark of known position and altitude. It is used as a reference point in determining other altitudes.
What's your altitude?


Katscratchme said...

As one who has not yet reached even 34... The thought of 68 is rather incomprehensible.

shydandelion said...

At first I thought it read, "a permanent landmark of known position and ATTITUDE." Still fitting...

I think I am happy most of the time, because I know that this isn't "it," ya know? This is just a stopping place to do some important work, adn then it's time to move on.

Trillium said...

My dad was only 69 when he "moved on." And you're right-- attitude or altitude--same thing.

Rebecca said...

Victor was surprised to learn dad's age... "He is 68? He doesn't look that old..."

I replied: "The blessing of living a righteous life is that you don't age like others do."