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Age is Completely Relative

Children are born with predetermined genetic characteristics. Their environment varies greatly. In addition to these two factors, each child is born a free will agent. This last characteristic overrides the other two in some respects. But, not with regard in many instances, to longevity.

People die at various ages, even if there are no catastrophic accidents hastening death.

Not only that...during the "last quarter", if you will, the rate of aging is completely relative. For some individuals, the process of aging is moderately slow. A few wrinkles this month. A bit of arthritis next year. Some loss of teeth or bladder difficulty a year or two later. However, for some, the aging process is quite rapid. Sight damage this month, heart arrhythmia next month, diabetes in two months. The *rate* of aging varies greatly.

I'm afraid I'm one of those whose rate of aging is proving rapid. But should I be surprised? While I've lived a moderately improved life over that of my parents, I've also outlived them both. The genes are stacked against me, it would seem.

So why am I writing this? Because I do hope no one will think that, because I'm not eighty, I should not be "acting" as if I'm older than I am. Would you do that if you met me?


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MegL wrote on September 24, 2017, 5:38 PM

Diabetes has become an epidemic that few succumbed to in previous generations apart from those born with type I diabetes. Sugar is a poison, it ages people, causes diabetes and that can bring on dementia among many other things. I cannot disagree with anything you have said and I agree that the free will agent can override many things, provided that free will includes eating sensibly and taking a decent amount of exercise. But it will not help us live physically for ever, though it may delay the onset of the worst of old age (barring accidents and environment) to as late as possible.

lookatdesktop wrote on September 24, 2017, 7:43 PM

Aging is a wake up call for me. I need to cut back on some things that are just not good for my health and try to accept things more without being so critical.

VinceSummers wrote on September 24, 2017, 9:44 PM

You make a good point, Anthony, about not being critical. As we get older, we get more of a feel for what we knew with our minds, but never got with our hearts: namely, we are mortal. We die. And we want to be merciful to people who, themselves, are dying. I guess I'd liken it to a piece of fruit. As it ripens, it gets sweeter and easier to take.

lookatdesktop wrote on September 25, 2017, 2:41 PM

Also as I lost some teeth I need to bite into riper fruits, lol But seriously Yes, I get what you mean in your comment. I have a tendency to make jokes sometimes.

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lookatdesktop wrote on September 25, 2017, 2:44 PM

People I grew up with who later developed adult onset diabetes also called Type 2 diabetes, have indicated to me their life has become less enjoyable because they miss those things that are sweet that ironically may have sped up the process of a disease that quite possibly could have been prevented or at least averted for a length of time.