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.
I have posted about the confusion engendered about human life expectancy data.
For one thing, the numbers mean nothing for us as individuals, because our life chances depend on weight, fitness (a tiny bit), genetics, luck, etc.
If you go back a few centuries, it is surprising to see that, at least in the Western world, life expectancy has not increased much if you discount infant and childhood mortality from infectious diseases. In 1700, if you made it to age 25, you had a goodchance to make your 80s barring farm accidents. There is also the factor of maternal mortality from Puerperal Fever. Many women died from that.
There is a lot of misinformation and misunderstanding about this. Prior to 1900 or so half of a family's children would die before age 18. Most from diseases we now vaccinate for or can treat. Sometimes there would be years or decades where few people died from those deadly disease and then there would be years or decades where many people died from them. A lot of the suppositions about life expectancy prior to 1900 was based on a very small period of time and a small percentage of the population. You might live in Boston and see half the people you know die from small pox and this would skew your view of life expectancy. Or you might live in a different place and never see an epidemic in your lifetime.
History is written by the survivors and many of them did indeed live into their 80's but they forgot their brother or sister who died at age 4 in the bed next to them when they were a child in 1840 or so. My youngest brother died at age 4 in a bed next to me. I was 6, my older brother was 9 and we heard him die from whooping cough. My mother held him and me and my brother cried silently and tried to make it appear we were sleeping. Yes a doctor came, we had family doctors who would come to the house at any hour of the day or night but he couldn't save him. Have you ever heard someone with whooping cough? It haunts me still. The memory haunted me all through my own children's growing up, fear that I would have to go through what my mother and father did. I can still remember how that sounded and it brings tears to my eyes. We had three uncle's and one grandmother die in our home when I was growing up. That's what they did back then, you died at home not in a hospital. Another uncle did die in a hospital in an Iron Lung. My mother took me with her when she visited him and I sat on the floor looking up at this big green barrel shaped thing that was breathing for him quite loudly.
My mother had Polio when she was a little girl but fortunately the only lasting effect was one leg was longer than the other. But my mother was terrified of polio and was so happy when Dr Salk created the vaccine. We kids all got it in school.
We keep better records now. Although different countries use different methods with typically less accurate results. I wouldn't assume all the old data is accurate and more importantly I think that for most healthy people the life expectancy is much greater and the statistics don't really recognize that.
Life Expectancy is a construct of the white male patriarchy.
According to the brother of comrade commissar Rahmie "The Commie" Emmanuel (CPUSA), everyone will check out at a selected time in the egalitarian equity interest of equality of results for all.
Now comrade Ari Emmanuel has went past the recommended checkout date but some are a little more equal than others.
None are exceptional all are equal...well except for the indispensable managerial apparatchiks who bring us the 1000 years of glorious victories.
Forward, yes we can!
I've mentioned before that 45 years ago when my mother had a heart attack, her treatment cost about 3500 dollars but when my oldest brother had a heart attack about 20 years ago, his treatment cost something like 150,000 dollars. The difference is that the treatment for my mother involved putting her in a box inside a hole in the ground whereas my brother had a triple bypass from which he made a full recovery. Used to be, a lot of stuff would and could kill you that we scoff at now. When they talk about average life expectancy being 35 or 40 years or whatever, it didn't mean that a 50 year old was old by standards of the day it was just a result of the math when you had a 50/50 chance of making it to your first birthday. If you made it to adulthood, you had a good chance of making it into your 70's or 80's, same as today.
Here is a real example of that: The statistics show that diabetes is increasing in the U.S., and it is. The talking heads will cite diet and exercise or try to sell you a pill made from vegetable dust. But is diabetes "increasing" in the U.S.?. The truth is that diabetes is largely genetic. You are born with it or not. And for certain races, certain groups of people diabetes is endemic. American Indians have very high rates of diabetes as do Africans, Australian Aboriginals and most native South Americans. So the statistics don't tell the whole story and the taking heads twist the data to reinforce their own narrative. The truth is that immigration has increased so much from places where these groups of people live that it has noticeably affected our national health statistics.
A side note: If you live an aboriginal lifestyle and consume an aboriginal diet than having untreated diabetes doesn't cause early death and therefore the odds of a diabetic having children greatly increase. The result is a population with more diabetes. However if you move beyond a barely surviving hunt and gather lifestyle to a farming lifestyle your diet and to some extent your physical activity allows your diabetes to become debilitating and you either die early from it or are too sick to be anyone's first choice as a spouse. So populations from Northern Europe, for example, have much lower rates of diabetes.
According to Paul Johnson life expectancy in New Enland circa 1750 for those who survived to adulthood was 65. But in the South, it was 41.
Ben Franklin, who lived 84 years, was a good example of living too long in that day. At the convention of 1789 he told two young men who were wishing him many more years of life that the sole reason he willed himself to continue living was to see the birth of his country and he had no desire to continue one moment longer.