Otoniel Cuellar Cuellar từ Audrain County
Recomendable para cualquiera. Las "Coplas a la muerte de su padre" pueden ayudarte en cualquier momento.
I didn't really care for this book. I didn't connect with ANY of the characters - they all seemed under-developed.
The human lifespan has increased, on average, by 30 years since the beginning of the 20th century and by 20 years since the end of World War II. In light of this extension of our stay on Earth, Bateson revises Erik Erikson’s developmental stages schema to add a new stage, Adulthood II, which occurs roughly between the ages of 50 and 75. This unprecedented lengthy period marks the time when people are no longer raising children or establishing their careers, but are still physically healthy and can strive to cultivate and utilize “active wisdom”. Bateson, who once served as a teaching assistant to Erikson at Harvard, promotes the idea that older adults should not be concerned primarily with protecting their own monetary benefits (as politicians assume they are) but instead can strive to leave a positive impact on the world. One way that Bateson and some high-powered friends attempted to promote this was through the Granny Voter project that they established in 2004, which urged elders to vote with their grandchildren’s well being, as opposed to their own narrow interests, in mind. Through interviews and commentary, Bateson describes a variety of ways in which her friends and acquaintances have found personal meaning and /or have given something to society during this life stage. Bateson emphasizes that the addition of 30 years to the lifespan isn’t simply an extra add-on. Rather, a person’s life may be transformed in ways that alter how the person views his/her life prior to that point. During Adulthood II, some people step away from what they have done before to try something new and different; others focus on the most pleasurable or satisfying aspect of what they have already been doing, casting off less rewarding duties or responsibilities so that the person no longer complains that “I love my work but hate my job”. Whatever changes occur, if we look carefully, we will likely find that something that was already part of a person’s earlier life—a love of nature, a concern for justice, or an interest in fabricating objects--has reappeared—perhaps in altered form and, in some instances, put to more mature purposes. Bateson’s interviewees—her friends and their friends--include high-powered individuals who have accomplished a great deal in their lives. At times I wondered if their experiences really provide a template for the lives of ordinary folks like you and me! In addition, Bateson indulges occasionally in a bit of rambling. Still, this book offers a mind-stretching view of a newly-emerging stage of the life-span.