Is life too short to learn how to live?
Not if you are a dwarf.
In Honey-Bee by Anatole France, a dwarf explains that the shortness of life for humans, is the cause of our ignorance and cruelty.
“Their life is too short for them to learn how to live.”
One of my friends once said:
”Det är svårt att leva. Tur att vi har hela livet på oss att lära oss det.”(“It is hard to live. Luckily we have our whole lives to learn how to do it.”)
When I was twenty, I had figured it all out. I had learned a lot in school and even more during the sabbatical year before university. I had travelled the world, met a lot of interesting people, widened my perspectives. I knew how this thing called life worked.
It has only gone downhill since then in that regard.
The more I understand, the more I understand how little I know. The youthful certainty has made way for humble wisdom, with an awe about everything left to learn.
Is old age a guarantee of wisdom and knowledge?
Unfortunately not. I have met old people with minds so narrow they have not learned anything new in decades. You probably have too.
As Indiana Jones said in the Raiders of the lost ark:
“It’s not the years honey, it’s the mileage.”
If you want to learn how to live, long before you die, make good use of every day of your life. Increase the mileage - your experience – instead of letting the years just go by.
Turn off the auto pilot.
Do something you don't do everyday.
Take another road than the one you normally travel.
Dare to deviate, to explore.
Then you may become just as wise as a dwarf, despite your shorter life.