What is the Purpose of a Long Life?

August 25, 2014

Throughout history most successful and long-lived civilizations have held a place of respect for elders, and benefited from their life wisdom. By and large this tradition is missing today, to the detriment not only of elders but also of society.

*daysfinalEach moment, each day, each one of us grows older. Thanks to medical advances and wide emphasis on personal fitness, most people will live long enough to be considered old. The average life span has, in fact, been steadily increasing since the dawn of the Twentieth Century, and this trend will likely continue in the Twenty-first Century. This reality raises some critical questions: What is the purpose of a long life? What can and should older people do with their extended years? What roles do older people have in modern societies?

As far back as five millennia ago the Greeks knew a basic life lesson that remains relevant today. Socrates put it succinctly: “the unexamined life is not worth living.”

With that foundational understanding in mind, and after a career of interviewing learned and insightful elders, I assembled an eBook of quotations, from all times and all cultures: Teach Us to Number Our Days.

My intention was to inspire readers to reflect on how we might most wisely journey through advanced maturity. I learned a lot putting the eBook together, and feel privileged to share it.

Age is very mysterious because the essence of the human being — the soul — actually never ages. It’s only the outer covering of the individual that changes.” ~ Beatrice Wood

 

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Special Fall Sale: 20% off Classical Considerations

September 25, 2013

From now until October 31, 2013, you can save 20% off the cost of the Soul*Sparks ebook, Classical Considerations: Musings Prompted by the Late Harvard Master John H. Finley, Jr.

wisdomlightTo purchase the book at the sale price, follow this link to the Classical Considerations web page, and select the ebook, Smartphone or PDF format you want, and then on the check out page enter coupon code RV74E.

A discount on wisdom! Such a deal.

Like shards of pottery excavated from some ancient site, the fragments of Master Finley and the classics offered herein allow readers to extrapolate and to experience some of the debate and discussion that he spurred at Harvard – questions and responses that remain eminently relevant.


New Book Birthed: Classical Considerations

January 31, 2013

MusingsfinalWith pleasure, Soul*Sparks Books announces the publication of a new, nonfiction eBook: Classical Considerations.

Life’s foundational questions come elegantly to the fore in this skillfully crafted nonfiction story about the late John H. Finley, Jr.  For 51 years Finley was the celebrated and erudite Eliot Professor of the Classics at Harvard.

Luminous and compellingly relevant, Finley’s story leads readers directly into engagement with the fundamental wisdom questions of any worthwhile life.

Classical Considerations offers a compact (44 pages) but strikingly lyrical array of intellectual sparks that will kindle an exuberant fire in every reader’s soul.

The eBook is available now at Amazon.com, Barnes&Noble.com, and in 9 different ebook and smartphone formats at Smashwords.com.  There is a version adapted to iPhones and iPads at Smashwords, and the book will soon be available through the Apple store and other online venues.


Coming Soon in 2013

January 19, 2013

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