Well, as you grow older you do begin to examine that part of yourself that you might regard as exemplary. In other words, as you see another generation forming behind you, you wonder what your obligation to that generation is. And in that sense you feel yourself as a teacher. I think it’s an obligation of each generation to educate the generation that is behind it. And it’s only in that sense that I feel my life in any way exemplary. I feel it may just be a bad example; I’m interested in laying out my life as honestly as I can, and my experience, so that people who read it can benefit from that experience. Not necessarily to follow it, maybe to avoid it.
Leonard Cohen, quoted in “An Interview with Leonard Cohen” conducted by Michael Harris. Due: Winter 1969.
Note: Originally posted March 8, 2013 at DrHGuy.com, a predecessor of Cohencentric