An awareness of one’s own mortality is not necessarily accompanied by a corresponding sense of maturity. John Kinsella is, to all outward appearances, a mature man, but he is precise about how old he feels:’10.’ I laugh. ‘Seriously, I really don’t feel as though my mentality had changed at all in the last 50 odd years. I feel sorry for the women: they are the ones who mature. Men just stay struck.’ It is hard to see the ten year old under the tie and V-neck and the clouds of Senior Service smoke, but the observation is a familiar one, and is probably the closest we will ever come to a one-line explanation of the terrible state of the world.

Nick Hornby para “The Guardian”, 1995

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