Lichens are symbiotic beings where a fungus and blue or green algae live together. The algae transforms light into useful energy where the fungus is more a protecting agent. They grow very slowly and do live very long.
An adult mind is at least in one way like lichen. The adult mind does only grow very slowly.
The mind has a good impression of itself. It has created this impression. And since this ‘self’ is created by mind, it can be believed to be eternal and untouchable. While mind can feel the deterioration of the brain and memory, mind cannot feel its own age. What is the age of a concept anyway?
Pictures taken by bvdb (whoisbert) – Canon ixus HS230 – may 2013 – @chestnut_forest IMG_2627/2729/2704/2553