"old soul"

Martin Kaminer martin.kaminer at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 26 16:16:32 UTC 2012

I was always under the impression that 'Old Soul' connoted wisdom derived
from previous incarnations (an odder idea I suppose in the west than in the
east) and wasn't merely predicated on disparity between chronological age &
level of wisdom.

As a more contemporary codicil I offer a conversation with a friend who
works at the local NPR station.  I told her that my young son was a more
die-hard public radio fan than most adults I know and that his tastes
seemed to run to shows geared towards older and wiser audiences (ie ones
too abstruse even for me).  She told me their marketing department has a
name for that demographic: Young Fogies.  Certainly fits.

On Wed, Sep 26, 2012 at 12:00 PM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com>wrote:

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> CNN says that some kid "is what's called an 'old soul.' At a young age he
> was very advanced."  He won prizes and things.
> Since I can feel my brain wattage dimming with the passing years, I must be
> turning into a "young soul."
> JL
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