The author of A Dog Walks Into a Nursing Home: Lessons in the Good Life from an Unlikely Teacher, which comes out today, explains what seems to matter most to the elderly as they approach the end of their life, and how that inspired her book:

It’s a moving and important thought as we rush through our lives and careers, seeking the next step, never fully inhabiting where we are now or adequately appreciating the people we love. We are in a culture seemingly designed to make us forget our mortality, to place goods like “celebrity” or “money” or “success” over the classical virtues of fortitude, prudence, restraint and justice, let alone the Christian ones of faith, hope and random love of others. And the trouble with this culture is that it does not make us either happy or virtuous. Dogs, it appears, know better.

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