This fear grows out of two sources. First, the thought that old age may bring with it POVERTY. Secondly, and by far the most common source of origin, from false and cruel teachings of the past which have been too well mixed with “fire and brimstone”.
The possibility of ill health, which is more common as people grow older, is also a contributing cause of this common fear of old age.
Another contributing cause of the fear of old age, is the possibility of loss of freedom and independence, as old age bring with it the loss of both physical and economic freedom.
SYMPTOMS OF THE FEAR OF OLD AGE:
- The tendency to slow down and develop an inferiority complex at the age of mental maturity.
- The habit of speaking apologetically of one’s self as “being old” merely because one has reached the age of forty, or fifty, instead of reversing the rule and expressing gratitude for having reached the age of wisdom and understanding.
- The habit of killing off initiative, imagination, and self-reliance by falsely believing one’s self too old to exercise these qualities.
- The habit of the man or woman of forty dressing with the aim of trying to appear much younger, and affecting mannerisms of youth; thereby inspiring ridicule by both friends and strangers.
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