Posted by: 12stepgolf | September 30, 2009

Do You ever Wonder?

I think about how nasty and bad Capitalism really is, and how it destroys and annihilates the human species.  Due to the horrid USA and its horrid use of Capitalism we are just destroying ourselves, and it won’t be long before the human being will be a fond memory only found in books.

It was only 100 years ago that the average life expectancy of a person was 47 years of age.  In 1796 you could live to an average of 24 years old and within 100 years (1896) life span increased to 47.  Today with all the asbestos and herbicides and pesticides, glues and toxins swirling around us and entering our very bodies we are now at a life expectancy of 78 years of age. Since 1950 alone it has gone from 68 to 78, the height of “better living through chemicals”. Would it be spurious on my correlation that since 1776 to present that Capitalism was influential in man’s improvements in life expectancy?

This Wonderful Lengthening of Lifespan
by Bruce J. Klein ( bjklein at bjklein.com) [ Open a Print Friendly Version ]

Synopsis

Bruce J. Klein, director at the non-profit Immortality Institute, discusses the lengthening of human lifespan past, present and future. Huge gains have been made, and there is more to come from the medicine of tomorrow.Published on January 17 2003.


Figure 1. Source: sciencemag. This figure illustrates the enormous gains in life expectancy over the past 160 years.

Can all of this wonderful life extension continue? Will average lifespan continue to outpace projections? More importantly, can we find a cure for aging altogether or will the bubble burst like some overbought technology sector? Perhaps lifespan will peak at some natural limit. While the answer remains unclear, humans are healthier and are living longer than ever before.

Average Human Lifespan

“Out, out, brief candle! Life’s but a walking shadow”
– William Shakespeare

With few exceptions, 30,000 days is the average human lifespan – 40,000 if you’re lucky. However, two-thousand years ago average life expectancy was less than 20 years or about 7,000 days. It is difficult to imagine, but most of our ancestors kicked the bucket before our modern legal drinking age.

Bacteria, predators, accidents, extremes in weather and the lack of a reliable food source meant humans led short, dirty, brutal existences. That is if they survived birth at all. Infant mortality rates ranged from 300 or 400 deaths per 1,000 live births in the 18th century, while we see only seven per 1,000 today.

In 1796, life expectancy hovered around 24 years. A hundred years later it doubled to 48. In our modern world of air conditioners, hand washing and booster shots, you have a good chance of living 63 years, which is the world average. However, for those fortunate enough to live in a first-world country, lifespan jumps considerably.

I received this e-mail yesterday, and although I had seen it before, it made me think and wonder even more. Why can’t we just stop all the complaining and relish in what we have really been given with the rise of the USA and Capitalism, which has positively impacted the whole world for the better:

KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE
1930’s, 40’s, 50’s,
60’s and 70’s!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn’t get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps
not helmets on our heads.

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.

Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And, we weren’t overweight..

WHY?

Because we were always outside playing…that’s why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.. If you lived in an area that even had streetlights.

No one was able to reach us all day. And, we were OKAY.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps
And then ride them down the hill,
Only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Play stations, Nintendo’s and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD’s,
No surround-sound or CD’s,
No cell phones,
No personal computers,
No Internet and no chat rooms.

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We would get spankings with wooden spoons, switches, ping pong paddles, or just a bare hand and no one would call child services to report abuse.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.

If YOU are one of them, CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it ?

So today we argue the pros and cons of our heatlth care systems, world wide. Those in countries with socialized health care are trying to move away from the non functioning systems they have in place. Here in the USA we seem to be wanting to move into a backward system of socialized health care. The shamans of days gone by were socialized health care, so I suppose if it was good enough for them it is good enough for us.

I would like to know what it is that the environmentalists are wanting from a chemical free world. I suppose it would create a place where we all live to be 36 (Utopia?) in that way we would not have to worry about Social Security and Medicare, all our problems would be solved.

“Health nuts are going to feel stupid someday, lying in hospitals dying of nothing.
Redd Foxx
US comedian (1922 – 1991)


Responses

  1. Isn’t it funny how many of us had to feign illness in order to stay home from school? Now, kids get every freakin’ disease in the book at the drop of a hat. I guess eating a little dirt wasn’t such a bad thing after all.


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