Reading one of the comics I like the best, Nathan Never, I learned an interesting German word: “alterszorn”. It means the ‘rage of age’, and refers to the habit of some older people to go over the polemical edge. The word was used by John le Carré, a British spy-novelist. Contrary to those that with older age become conservatives, calm, and in favor of the status quo, John le Carré took the inverse path because book after book he took a critical attitude towards people in charge, e.g., politicians, and their ability to manipulate, and falsify. This becomes more visible in one of his last books: Absolute friends.

I hope I will get alterszorn when I will more mature …


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