Originally Posted by Yksi
And over the hill is even worse...
apparently, anything involving hills should be avoided.
(There goes the Tour de France)
Hills are great... Culturally, linguistically and theologically we are geared to ascension and transcendence. It is the giddy summit we seek above what is human, however, what is actually important isn't the view from the top but the chalenging journey to it. As such the journey down isn't a negative thing but relatively unimportant in terms of learning, challenge and furtherment. The descent is the province of wisdom and reflection. Unless threatened we tend to live out our lives in the valley because living on the summit is far from ideal. Going downhill as such is the passage to an easy and hopefully fulfilled life with doubts and questions asnwered.
You could argue that those that forever seek the summit have dificulty with generating wisdom from experience. Certainly true for a fair few Le Tour participants... Especially Andy Schleck, who really seems to hate those descents.