The New York Times published an op-ed written by Roger Cohen called “Times of Upheaval” on April 11, 2011. In the article, he compared aging to a staircase.
“You go along heedless for a while with nothing appearing to shift and then, oops, you find you’ve gone down another step and the exit is closer than the entrance,” said Cohen.
He went on to say that “The staircase principle works for peoples as well as individuals” and he argued that, in the Arab world “the dike has broken. Another generation must have its say.”
Cohen believed everything would work out in the end, “even in times when the world is a ‘pregnant widow,’ one order gone and another not yet born.”