I am reading Joseph Campbell's Myths to Live By, essays from 1972 and earlier.
In the essay titled "Schizophrenia, the Inward Journey", he talks about the stages of life.
He says that he's heard of a Japanese saying, of the five stages of man's growth:
At ten, an animal.
At twenty, a lunatic.
At thirty, a failure.
At forty, a fraud.
At fifty, a criminal.
At sixty, an advisor to one's friends.
At seventy, (realizing that everything said has been misunderstood) one keeps quiet and is taken for a sage.
"At eighty," then said Confucius, "I knew my ground and stood firm."
p. 238... and it's a fabulous and timely book.
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