Aging “Life begins at 40 ” That is…

Aging: “Life begins at 40!” That is what we claim when we reach that hallmark and begin to realize that this trip we are on does not go on forever. I remember receiving flowers when I turned forty. They were sent anonymously. Maybe because they had been taken from the cemetery dump and were all dead and shriveled (just like me)! I checked my birth certificate the other day and discovered it had expired! We have various ways of dealing with the truth that the end is growing ever closer, most involve humor, which makes the dealing a little easier. But the fact is from the least to the most, from the youngest to the oldest, we are all moving toward a date with the Grim Reaper. Now scientists are trying to discover the Fountain of Youth. They have made strides in recent years. Science Daily in 2010 reported that they discovered the gene that controls aging. It is called DAF-16. They think they can use this information to improve our health long into the latter part of our lives. I am all for that! Then in May of this year they reported that by inducing the enzyme telomerase, they managed to make mice live as average of 24% longer. Now why they want to make mice live longer, I don’t know. I suppose I will have to go and buy more mousetraps. But even if they manage to transfer this to humans, it will only add a few years. In the year AD 1000 the average life ended around 42. We already have nearly doubled that, so I do not believe it is out of the realm of possibility that it can continue to lengthen beyond the present 76.2 for men and 81.2 for women. Add 24% and we are still a long, long way from Methuselah. So what are we going to do with all this extra time? Will it help us prepare or lull us into procrastinating still more? I doubt there is a more important priority than that announced by the prophet Amos (4:12): “Therefore . . . prepare to meet your God!”

#age, #just-a-minute, #old