“I’ll be 90”, the former president said [Fidel, in April], adding that this was “something I’d never imagined. Soon I’ll be like all the others.” (News report)
I always believed the evidence that we achieve deep wisdom as death approaches. Not the superficial wisdom of remembering someone’s name, but deep-down wisdom about the nature of life and what it’s all about. This wisdom cannot be expressed in words. Words can only suggest the underlying wisdom that can only be known by experience. Younger people seduced by their trove of trivial knowledge only see us as addled. It sounds like Fidel finally found his wisdom.
Normally, we develop this wisdom slowly as we age. Even if death comes suddenly, we still get this wisdom at the last instant. We do not have to think about it, ruminate over it. The understanding is just there, with no panic, no dread of the next moment when we will be gone—just peace and acceptance.
I’m looking forward to the experience someday, but not right now.