Subtle and somewhat charming. I didn't find the conclusion very satisfying or profound but this was quite an enjoyable read.

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Dates 14 October 2012 – 17 October 2012
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  • Sam Ryan Sam Ryan

There was nothing to distract us from our human and filial duty which was to study, pass exams, use those qualifications to find a job, and then put together a way of life unthreateningly fuller than that of our parents, who would approve, while privately comparing it to their own earlier lives, which had been simpler, and therefore superior.

Though why should we expect age to mellow us? If it isn't life's business to reward merit, why should it be life's business to give us warm, comfortable feelings towards its end?

And no, it wasn't shame I now felt, or guilt, but something rarer in my life and stronger than both: remorse. A feeling which is more complicated, curdled, and primeval.

When you're young – when I was young – you want your emotions to be like the ones you read about in books.