My mother had five children, and not one of them was worry-free.

They make up for the time lost in being young by being young, although no longer young.

~From the movie I was wrong to grow older.

That was the genius of the idea of checks and balances, that different authorities would be jealous to limit each other's powers, and so would enforce the law and the Constitution against each other.

~Logan Pearsall SmithWe are young only once, after that we need some other excuse.

It was even considered the center, the "navel," of the world.

5. Perhaps the Genesis account is more literal than you think. We have already established that it's okay for the Bible to be non-literal, but applying that principal too broadly to Genesis still makes me uncomfortable. When I began this project I thought I was limited to an allegorical (but still true) version of Genesis 1-2. Then I discovered the works of Hugh Ross and Glenn Morton. Ross and Morton are Christians who believe in an old earth, and they demonstrate that an old earth is consistent with the Bible. Ross also gives a careful exegesis of Genesis that supports the local flood. He does not accept evolution. Morton has an unconventional but scripturally sound proposal for the creation of mankind. It's the only creation theory that's ever brought tears to my eyes. No matter what you may think of Morton's theory, it's nice to come across a scientific proposal that demonstrates some of the great themes of the Bible:

~Leo RosenbergThe tragedy of old age is not that one is old, but that one is young.

~Fyodor Dostoyevsky, , 1868, translated from the Russian by Frederick Whishaw, 1887


The 60s


One starts to get young at the age of sixty, and then it is too late.

His approach, however, was to have the women of Athens go on a  until the men ended the war.


His youth belongs to the distant past.

If Meletus got into that here, then he would be open to questions about whether he thought Socrates was a Sophist, how Socrates would be a Sophist, and so to admission that what Socrates does has little to do with the Sophists.

Was I the only person who thought so?

Fighting in Vietnam nonetheless continued. In lieu of setting up unification elections, as stipulated in the Paris treaty, Thieu declared in November 1973 that the “Third Indochina War” had begun and went on the offensive. The NLF and NVA responded in kind, and with more success. Their final offensive to take Saigon was launched in March 1975. On April 2, Madame Nguyen Thi Binh, the Provisional Revolutionary Government representative who had signed the Paris treaty, offered to halt the NLF-NVA offensive if Thieu were replaced by a leader who would implement the terms of the Paris agreement. Thieu refused and lashed out against the NLF-NVA troops surrounding Saigon with every weapon at his command. The U.S. military, which came under the command of President Gerald Ford after Nixon was forced to resign on August 9, 1974 (due to the Watergate scandal), provided Thieu with monstrous 15,000-pound CBU-55 bombs originally intended to clear landing zones in the jungle.

~Robert Louis Stevenson, "Crabbed Age and Youth," in , March 1878

On April 20, 1975, U.S. Ambassador Graham Martin asked Thieu to resign for the good of the country. Six days later, after berating the U.S. for not supporting him, Thieu left for Taiwan on a U.S. transport plane, allegedly with gold bars from the national treasury packed into oversized suitcases. On the morning of April 30, Thieu’s successor, Duong Van Minh, ordered a general cease-fire, which undoubtedly saved many lives. NLF-NVA tanks rolled down the main thoroughfares of Saigon and took control of the government. There was no bloodbath.

It was only in my forties that I really began to feel young.

Secure in the knowledge that the U.S. would not abandon him, Thieu initiated a post-treaty offensive that sought, first to recapture territory lost to the NLF just before the truce, then to move into NLF areas and capture more territory. NLF-NVA troops defended their positions but did not initiate offensive actions except in one area near the Cambodian border, where the ARVN was transferring supplies to the Phnom Penh government.