Joseph Campbell, the latter-day keeper of myths and meanings, has notably written about transitions in the human lifespan. He has observed that many cultures ritualistically address these points of change in more marked, if seemingly primitive, ways than does modern Western society. For most Western adults, middle age is a crucial change without clear demarcation or direction. And more than many middle-aged people, Buzz Aldrin found himself unexpectedly adrift in life after his historic walk on the moon with Neil Armstrong in 1969.
(Nonfiction; Harmony Books, 2009)