Many people grow old without becoming any wiser; many even boast that they stopped learning in kindergarten -- when the formal education begins for most. That's how life is different now, when the opportunity and necessity for learning something new, never ceases. That is the great promise for life in the future -- that one out of conditioning and necessity, never stops learning.
One observes that one can't teach an old dog new tricks -- but there is reasonable confidence that one can teach a young dog new tricks -- and that is what makes them "young." Rather than age defining the learning, it is the learning that denotes the age of the mind, and general health of that individual. We have never seen things that clearly before -- mistaking the effect for the cause -- and correlating all the wrong things.
That is especially true of problem-solving -- that done successfully and well, keeps one alive and thriving, while those not so successful, experience a difficult life -- and have no idea how to change that. In the worst case scenarios, they simply get worse -- all their lives, and even drag down the lives of all they have contact with. They are the classic "toxic personalities" -- that there is no denying that they exist -- more commonly in some places than others.
So a great part of life, is learning to avoid such "black holes" -- and moving toward the light, which signifies life and nourishment. Life evolved in light -- and not darkness. The total deprivation of light makes life impossible. Light is energy -- which makes growth possible. Light is information -- which tells us which direction to go. Thus we move towards the light, just as plants do. That's why it is so important, that the first words of God, is "Let there be light." That's when all life begins -- and the knowledge of it.
What makes anything "food," is that it has energy -- from absorbing the light. Those are the basics of life -- seen simply, and for us to go on, we have to revert back to the basics -- of questioning all our assumptions, as though we were learning everything new for the first time. Because the world is always new in that way -- but the mind makes us old in thinking it is the same old world of yesterday, and the past gone by.
That is the problem of "aging" -- and not simply growing through the years. The mind gets old and lives in the past -- never solving the problems of its own existence -- and dying to the possibilities of the future. While the "problems" of aging are well-known and documented, the promise of successfully solving those problems, are not thought possible -- and obviously, therein lies the future. Can one solve the problems faster than they arise? And is it even possible, to live without creating these problems in the first place?
Can we see life without the problems? -- which creates the need for a solution, and our economic opportunity, or advantage? Then there is only the basic response to what is -- which is never a problem. It is simply a choice one makes to the appropriate information one is wholly aware of, and the realization that all one's problems, are the inappropriate responses (choices), and not that the problems are inevitable no matter what one does. That is always a fatal conclusion -- leading to death, deterioration and disintegration.
It is the failure to integrate oneself with what is going on in the world -- cutting oneself off from vital life in the present reality, while choosing to live in the darkness of one's own memories, thoughts, knowledge, and beliefs -- as though they were reality itself. That was the conditioning (education) of the old -- being supplanted by everything new.
But not if one convinces themselves, that everything older is better. That which is better and best, is new -- and constantly renewing that fact, and not simply a habit of always doing things that way -- which is often the problem. The problems we have, may be due to that fact that we always do things that way -- while not realizing that doing things differently, may be the solution -- and better, that no problem will arise. It is simply doing the "right" thing from the very beginning -- or at any point thereafter.
However, no amount of the "wrong" thing, will ever make it right -- no matter how long one persists at it, or "forces" it to be right -- through denial or deceit.