Nevertheless, should we be afraid of the ageing process and could we hold on longer to our youth? Here are my thoughts on this matter.
I was impressed by the conclusion that one could make after reading this book: survived not the ones who had most food reserves, but those who made an effort to keep performing their every-day tasks: those who got out of bed, washed, combed, got dressed and with their last strength would go out to do their tasks. They managed to save themselves from despair through systematic work and to have some kind of order in the chaos of the military life. Their daily efforts saved their lives and did not let discouragement take hold of them.
If you look at it from a philosophical point of view, ageing is our slow death. The Siege of Leningrad led to rapid death. To defer it and stay young for a longer period, we need do something similar to what people did there - namely, to continuously develop ourselves and keep ourselves in good shape. Of course, we will not be forever young, as Alphaville once sang. However, through continuous learning and development, we can keep our brain in perpetual motion, and this would help us to save our youth.
I believe we should never stop walking through the path of our life. Be unbiased for new impressions. You can never seize the entire knowledge of the world, then why should we be afraid to acknowledge that you do not know something? Keep your mind in motion, open to new ideas.
I believe that human communities depend upon a diversity of talent. We create our lives symbiotically as we explore our talents in relation to the circumstances they help to create for us. Enjoy exploring your talents. Draft your plan: it might not be ambitious. A book per month. An article per day. Solve equations, study new languages, play chess on your phone on the way to work, think of your own fairy tales for your children – and as Steve Jobs said in his legendary speech, ‘stay hungry’.
In conclusion, I would say that the human being is like an automotive battery – if we switch it off and leave it non-working for some time, it will discharge and will not be able to switch on again. This parallel is also true conversely – the human being stays on the same radio frequency with youth as long as it keeps working and learning. Fortunately, we have all the resources needed to achieve success in this process.