Aging just is: illuminating its that-being, how-being & what-being
Wright-St Clair, VA
Aging is part of life. Its natural occurrence means that, by virtue of living, each and every one of us exists toward being aged. It just happens. In the usual course of life it cannot, not happen. Aging is always already there within our human finiteness. Thus, as something which is unremitting, the being toward aging is present from the event of coming into the world to the moment of going out of it. I offer here a glimpse at a hermeneutic interpretation of the phenomenon of aging. Philosophically, Heidegger‟s understandings of the „that-being,‟ the „how-being‟ and the „what-being‟ of phenomena are used to illuminate the notion that „aging just is.‟ The deep soil in which the interpretation is grounded is the everyday stories told by 15 New Zealand elders. An outline of the study‟s design and methods is given in the abstract for this presentation. The photographs shown are not those of the study‟s participants.