Update on Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart

Finally I got this book and could look into every word Dr. Livingston Gorton wrote.

I can recall vividly the moment when I was struck by the title of this book. To some degree, it was like when Michael Corleone (The Godfather) first saw the Sicily girl, who was, according to the best of my memory of the description of the book, oval in every body part, and hit Michael as a thunder light.

And every rule in his book seems like full of life wisdom, that only an old guy who has lost two of his sons and analyzed other human minds as a psychiatrist for more than 30 years can put down in simplicity and elegance.

But I don’t like much of the writing style of Livingston Gorton. It is, as per my advisor, too depressing. Or in my words, it lacks the vigor, aggression, curiosity, passion, optimism, that a person should hold on to enjoy his, or her, life. It is more like a dying person, in the total disinterested, dispassionate, nonchalant, manner, to deliver his or her life lesson. Of course they are important lessons, but the delivery lacks the ability to hook me up.

By the way, one of the most important points of this book is that, life is imperfect, but we have to strive to live better. Accept the fact that life is imperfect, accept the fact that you cannot make it perfect, accept the fact that you are not perfect, and be happy.


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