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To be interested has lost a great deal of its meaning, the meaning being how its root is defined in Latin: inter-esse, „to be in” something; that is to say, to be able to transcend one’s ego, to leave the narrow confines of my ego with all my ambitions, with my pride of property, with my pride of what I know and my family and my wife and my husband and my and my and my. It means to forget all these things and to reach out to both that which is opposite me and that which is in front of me, whether that is a child or a flower or a book or an idea or man or whatever it may be. ― (1966g: The Psychological Problem of Aging, in: Journal of Rehabilitation, Washington (September/October 1966).)