Peter Wertheim - 94 years young - and his partner Janine Quine. Personal Story Shared. Their 30yr age gap proves that age is but a state of mind. Wisdom abounds
Born in Melbourne in 1928, 94-year-old philosopher Peter Wertheim has spent his life critically analyzing and challenging the cultural, political, and historical issues that exist in Australia – that is in the nature of a philosopher. That ageism exists is not surprising to him, yet he will not be defined by the stereotypes that abound around being old. Conformity has never been part of Peter's life, as anyone who knows him will tell you. At 94, he continues to challenge our long-held beliefs, both unconscious and conscious despite the body feeling the ravages of age. As he often cites, Old age is not for the faint-hearted.
Also joining Peter today is Janine Quine, his 62yr old partner, and companion of 20 years. Among her varied positions at the Australian Catholic University, Janine’s been involved in Aboriginal literacy research, and managing Brisbane's Clemente program, which seeks to help people of disadvantage access university education.
Both Janine and Peter enjoy working together on projects that involve building community and changing perspectives. They founded the Year for Peace organization which explored the historical, political, spiritual, and cultural factors that contribute to a lack of peace and harmony in our individual and collective lives.
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