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Old is Gold

Paris, March 2023

Age is a privilege


And life gifts us: the ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ด๐˜† of youth and novelties, the ๐—ฒ๐˜…๐—ฝ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ฒ of older people and classics.


When it comes to evaluating people and judging objects based on their age, we face another bias: the older is often considered as less capable, less able to โ€œfunctionโ€ and adapt, less attractive.


In other words: unfit, outdated, imperfect.


The truth is that it comes down to this simple observation: if we do not recognize the value of others and of objects, if we do not give value to them, they feel and they look useless, with no meaning and no purpose.


But what we see as age is ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„-๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜„, what we see as imperfections is the outcome of an enduring endeavour, built over ๐˜€๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜€ and ๐˜€๐—ฒ๐˜๐—ฏ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ธ๐˜€: โ€œImperfections give character, personality and a history.โ€


Patina gives a certain lustre to objects, as experience can shine through the skills of those who are happy to ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ and to pass on their ๐—ธ๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜„๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฑ๐—ด๐—ฒ.


For more ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ, ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฎ๐—ด๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด, ๐—ฝ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฏ๐—น๐—ฒ experiences and collaborations over time, invest in long-term relationships with people and objects.


๐—›๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฑ ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ผ๐—น๐—ฑ, ๐—ด๐—ถ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ ๐˜๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ถ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ฝ๐—ถ๐—ฒ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐˜€.


They are the ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—บ๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† of our culture and civilization.


As they age, they nurture our rooted ๐—ฝ๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฝ๐—ผ๐˜€๐—ฒ and our ๐˜ƒ๐—ถ๐˜€๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป for the future.


To judge based on age is shortsighted. To appreciate the ๐—ฏ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜‚๐˜๐˜† and ๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜† of aged appearance is to broaden our ๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐˜‡๐—ผ๐—ป.


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