Good old Bertie

Isn’t this a lovely bit of poetic imagery, coming from one of the 20th century’s best-loved mathematician-philosopher-peace-activists?

Make your interests gradually wider and more impersonal, until bit by bit the walls of the ego recede, and your life becomes increasingly merged in the universal life. An individual human existence should be like a river — small at first, narrowly contained within its banks, and rushing passionately past rocks and over waterfalls. Gradually the river grows wider, the banks recede, the waters flow more quietly, and in the end, without any visible break, they become merged in the sea, and painlessly lose their individual being.

Excerpted from “How To Grow Old” by Bertrand Russell and lifted from Maria Popova’s wonderful BrainPickings site, where many good things are to be found.