must have a code,
that you can live by.”
– Crosby, Stills & Nash
When I listen to the impassioned pleas by celebrities to members of Congress for dramatic increases in Alzheimer’s research funding, I often try to imagine a world where not only have we defeated Alzheimer’s, but also Cancer, Cardiovascular Disease, stroke and lung disease. In other words, a world in which we have managed to eliminate the major causes of death for human beings.
And when I allow myself to visualize such a scenario – a world in which mankind lives to the age of three or four hundred years . . . I end up with a vision that rivals any horror film I’ve ever seen.
Let’s be honest: would you like to spend the next three-hundred years in an assisted living facility? Neither would I.
And imagine caregiving your 345-year-old mother-in-law. Or working to the age of 230 to qualify for Soc. Sec. benefits.
In short, try to imagine a world of 40 billion human beings, where 80% of them are over the age of 200!
So what’s missing in this incredible fantasy? Why is it so wrong?
Because if seven billion of us can’t get along, at 40 billion we’ll eat our young!
Because, as it says in the song, we need a code to live by.
And because today, 2014, ten thousand years into the game, we still don’t have one . . .