Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky. (slithytove) wrote,
Be wise. Be brave. Be tricky.
slithytove

You may think of me as a piece of period furniture, an architectural landmark, or an incunabulum.

The etiquette of old age does not seem to have been written up, and we have to learn it the hard way. It depends on a basic realization, which takes time to adjust to. You must realize that, after reaching a certain age, you are no longer viewed as a person. You become an institution, and you are treated the way institutions are treated. You are expected to behave like a piece of period furniture, an architectural landmark, or an incunabulum.

It matters little whether you keep publishing or not. If your papers are no good, they will say, "What did you expect? He is a fixture!" and if an occasional paper of yours is found to be interesting, they will say, "What did you expect? He has been working at this all his life!" The only sensible response is to enjoy playing your newly-found role as an institution. 

From Ten Lessons I wish I Had Been Taught, advice on how to be an academic mathematician. 
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ETSU

meaning: joy

満悦 == manetsu == (noun) great delight, rapture
悦楽 == etsuraku == (noun) enjoyment, pleasure


Left radical is one of the radical forms of 'heart/feelings'. Right radical is a Non-General Use character meaning 'exchange', which acts phonetically to express 'burst forth'. Henshall suggests taking the right radical as 'brother' (兄) and 'out' (八), and as a mnemonic: 'Elder brother gives out feelings of joy.'

Info from Taka Kanji Database
List of compounds including this character from Risu Dictionary

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