We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Yes, a poignant video, and very personal to me. I fight off the reaper by flying around the sky at 200 mph as much as I can while I'm still able. Last Sunday I got up at 5AM, drove to the airport in the dark, preflighted the plane while the sun came up, then flew 130 miles to eat breakfast with about 50 other old farts. That's me in the opening segment of this video. If you get far enough into the video, you will notice that almost all of the pilots you will see eating breakfast are older.
It might...happen... you may die with people spoon feeding you oatmeal, or you may die with loving family by your side. Don't make decisions ahead of time, because you don't know what can happen. You may be sitting by the fireside, surrounded by your great grandchildren who might just be the most amazing people that you've ever met.
The sentiment of embracing life rather than giving up is admirable. Reinforcing the hatred people already have for age is not.
It has nothing to do with "being younger," it's just being human.
Assistant Village Idiot
I've got nothing against old people, but there is no getting around the fact that if the elderly don't finish their own life-cycle on time, then it creates a demographic log-jam. Traditionally, young people got married, had kids, and then settled into middle age. Is this formula supposed to change now? I've read about medical treatments which will soon allow people to live to the age of 150 or 200. What will we do with all of them? If they stop aging, then young people will not be able to complete their own stages of growth. It's really a problem. We might have to tag each child at birth, and limit the amount of time that they have. For example, 75 years.
Everyone is familiar with "Logan's Run" and "The Giver." These stories warned about the danger of limiting human life-span. But I think that life span should be limited. We are all just visitors here, and our passing makes way for the next generation. I don't know about other people, but to me children are much more important than old people. We have to make sure that our society always has plenty of room for them to grow, and to enjoy life.
Ron, you must be just a pup yet. I'm 75 (last month)and I can tell you I'm not quite ready to just shuffle off yet. You'll likely find when you get to this age you'll feel differently and...I'm sorry, what was your point again?
Don't know about you, Ron, but the seniors we know - and we count among that group - are very, very busy. A lot of the time, it's helping various family members (including looking after the grandbrats), but it's also helping neighbours and friends and - yes - even still doing paid work. But, in my world, that's what seniors have always done. Only when ill health forces them to "retire" do the seniors I know and have known reluctantly hand over their responsibilities to a younger person. I ended up as church treasurer only because my predecessor, at age 80, decided he was no longer up to the job. He still sang in the choir, though.