Welcome to another digest of news, views and ideas that could effect the health and longevity of us kids Living On The Far Side Of 55.
And, we’ll begin with the following:
How Death Could Become Optional:
As long as my mind and body continues to work well enough to take care of myself, I don’t see myself wanting to leave this realm of existence we call life.
On the other hand, if the opposite became a condition without the possibility of reversal, I’d rather be outta here…so long and thanks for all the fish!”
Not that we, as a species, have that choice…
We aren’t gonna live long enough to see a solution to death, as a problem, solved.
Is death a problem, and not predestined?
Yuval Noah Harari, historian and author of the killer book Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, thinks it may be.
During an extensive interview with Nobel Prize winner Daniel Kahneman, Harari said:
“But, the new attitude is to treat old age and death as technical problems, no different in essence than any other disease. It’s like cancer, it’s like Alzheimers, it’s like tuberculosis…
…People die because their heart stops pumping, or because an artery is clogged, or because cancerous cells are spreading in the liver or somewhere.
These are all technical problems, and in essence, they should have some technical solution…”
I don’t want to oversell this conversation between these two dudes, but I thought the interview was fascinating, and even though I know I’m not, I kinda feel smarter for having read it!
I mean, a couple of brilliant thinkers discussing everything from religion, to the coming devaluation of the individual, what’s not to like?
You too, can get smarter in a hurry, when you read the interview at: How Death Could Become Optional
How To Fix Unsafe Conditions In America:
Sorry to disappoint, but we’re not going to talk about throwing the scoundrels outta Washington D.D., or outlawing cell phone usuage while driving.
We’re talking about America’s unsafe roads and bridges.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more than half of fatal vehicle accidents in the United States are due in part to poor road conditions.
In honor of the many God-awful drivers I regularly dodge while on the road, not sure I’m buying the preceding stat.
Yet, our roads here in Michigan, are in atrocious condition.
The state’s leaders say they want to repair them. We just don’t have the money.
Which is pretty much the same story being peddled by the majority of state governments around the country.
If we’re going to get our highways fixed, everyone involved are expecting the U.S. Congress to fund the work.
Congress did recently pass a 5-year, $305 billion bill for roadway improvements.
Supposedly, the money will be doled out to different state governments on an ‘as-needed’ formula, i.e. lobbyists and congressional power brokers will fight it out.
While it’s a start in the right direction, the American Society of Civil Engineers say the actual job, would take the minimum of $1.7 trillion, for this decade alone.
- $305 billion isn’t enough;
- fund dispersal rules are unclear,
- therefore open to being syphoned off by congressional sycophants
Is Democratic Socialism A Socialist Trick?:
What is ‘Democratic Socialism’ (DS) and why is democratic presidential candidate Barry Sanders, so d*mn proud of being an advocate?
According to Wikipedia, (not always the most reliable souce, but the following is pretty clear):
“Democratic socialism is a political ideology advocating a democratic political system alongside a socialist economic system, involving a combination of political democracy with social ownership of the means of production…”
Or, DS is when both the economy and society is run democratically, so as to meet the needs of the general public first & foremost, and not as a method to make more profits for the few. Source: Democratic Socialism
“Programs like Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, unemployment insurance, the institution of the 40-hour work week, the abolishment of child labor, and the minimum wage, Sanders said, were all once denounced as socialist.
“These programs have become the fabric of our nation and the foundation of the middle class…”
When Sanders talks about being a proud ‘Democratic Socialist’ (DS), he invariably mentions historical Americans like Franklin Roosevelt, Lyndon Johnson, Martin Luther King Jr…
He also likes to laud the accomplishments of the governments of Norway, Denmark and Sweden as examples of DS in action.
So, Is Democratic Socialism A Socialist Trick?
I guess that depends on whether you’re a ‘have’ or ‘have-not’…
Learn what Democratic Socialist is not, when you click on the following blue link: 5 Ways Democratic Socialism Isn’t What You Think
American Heroes Who Are Fighting to End Hunger:
According to statistics from the United Sates Department of Agriculture, 14% of Americans didn’t have enough food sometime in 2014.
And, 16 million children in America face hunger! Source
Note: I’m not endorsing, nor condemning, the organization behind the preceding link.
We both know that in a world of plenty, it’s a shame that any person should go to bed hungry.
And, it’s doubly shameful that there’s even one hungry person in America!
Thank goodness there’re Americans who have stepped up to do something about feeding those in need.
Meet some of them at the following blue link: American Heroes Who Are Fighting to End Hunger
More: Ending Hunger: Drive To End Hunger
How Your Subconscious Is Hijacking The Life You Deserve:
Are we our own worse enemy?
Here’s a quick test:
IF the things you love about others, are things you love about yourself…
And, IF the things you dislike in others are also the things you can’t see in yourself…
You’re most likely sabotaging your best intentions:
And, you desperately need to read the following: How Your Subconscious Is Hijacking The Life You Deserve
This Song Will Make You Feel Better:
Talk to you next time.
Until then, I’d love to hear your Living On The Far Side Of 55 story!