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Live to be 1,000 ?

Story ID:2495
Written by:Suzana Margaret Megles (bio, contact, other stories)
Story type:Musings, Essays and Such
Location:various various various
Year:2007
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Live to be 1,000 ?

Live to be 1,000 ?

For those who get the AARP magazine- I found the July & August 2007 copy particularly interesting. One article which caught my eye was titled "LONG-DISTANCE LIVING." The subtitle by Mark Matousek read "His opponents in aging research think he's a lunatic. But scientist AUBREY DE GREY believes humans could live to 1,000-forever youthful and disease free."

This idea doesn't appeal to me at all. How about you? I don't even want to live to be
100! But for those who are interested in his rationale and don't have access to the
magazine, I will give some of it here shortly.

But first- why I don't want to live anywhere's near that astronomical figure. And it just occurred to me - where would we put this huge ever-burgeoning populace if his notion becomes a reality? Maybe we would have to find new worlds or live in space!

Take my day today which is one reason I think the normal life span is quite enough for me, thank you. Up very early--not unusual because my "plumbing" dictates my new wake-up hour, but today going back to sleep is not an option. My new washer is to arrive between 7 and 10 a.m. and if I want to at least receive Holy Communion
this morning, I will have to attend St. Cyril's 6:30 Communion service and I did. It was the first time for a very long time that I attended one because the 8:00 liturgy suits me just fine. I was pleased that the Eucharistic minister led us in beginning prayers, the reading of the gospel, the recitation of the Our Father, and then the reception of Holy Communion.

I was home in time to take my steaming cup of green tea and my prayer book outside to sit on the porch to await the truck. They were prompt and I soon was able to empty my overflowing hamper of dirty clothes into the new washer. I'm not sure that I will like this new (GE) HYDROWAVE washer which does not have the conventional agitator. I really wanted to get the most energy efficient - the DOWNLOADER but $800-1,000 or more was a bit steep for my budget. How sad that we can't make efficient washers without straining the pocketbooks or wallets of people like me with "cool-aid" budgets.

Then I noticed that the knob on my NEW washer was "free-wheeling." Was this all right? Off to Home Depot to check where they didn't know but gave me a number to call GE. The lady made an appointment for me on July 19th between 1 & 5. If I wasn't there to physically answer the call, they would not call again - no answering service messages--period. Sigh. The morning is not half over and already too full for me.

My next appointment - a bid for 3 new furnaces, but the gentleman did not appear at the appointed time. He came an hour and a half late, but he was such a sweet man, that I forgot about this "inconvenience." He was the most thorough of the the three who had come -- inspecting all the cold air returns though maybe the others noticed them as well without visually inspecting each and every one of them. I wasn't happy to let him into my cluttered house because
as per usual, I had to let things go to take care of getting a new washer, trying like the dickens to make At&t understand that I want to disconnect the second floor phone, etc., etc. Who has time to clean and straighten out with so many things on their plate? And thankfully, stress is usually not part of my equation.
Some things will just have to wait to get done.

Now back to Aubrey de Grey's crusade. This 44- year-old British biologist is turning the sluggish field of gerontology on its head. "I've been outraged that gerontologists
were being so mealy-mouthed," he says, "wanting to understand aging but not doing anything about it."

Matousek explains Aubrey's seven-step strategy called SENS which stands for Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence: "It consists of seven baseline causes of aging, dealing with general types of cellular damage, and offers repair methods for each. Eliminate that cellular damage and, he believes, we could live
to 125 and beyond in disease-free bodies that simply do not age." (Intriguied? Then please go to the library in search of the rest of the article in this 2007 July & August AARP magazine.)

I love any articles on maturity and so enjoyed AARP's Editor Steven Slon's article- "What Is a Grownup? I wished I had read it 50 years ago, because I'm sure I was a late bloomer in this area. He notes that a thoughtful person of 25 may be considered wise beyond his years (I wasn't) and He also realized that an 85-year old may be self-absorbed, childish.

To find out how do we know when we're mature, he asked some of the smartest people he knew with this question. Here is what he gleaned from them in this regard:
*You know there are many things much more important than yourself.
*You're willing to say "I was wrong."
*You're attentive to the footprint you will have left on the world.
*You forgive the carelessness of the young, regret the thoughtlessness of your own youth.
*You finally realize you have no one to complain to.

I thought they were very good and do show wisdom. I'm sorry I don't have handy what either Dear Abby and/or Ann Landers said on the subject. Their's too were poignant with meaning. I think I would also add that a mature person is comfortable in his/her own skin -- recognizing that we may not be the most talented or handsome, or beautiful, or whatever, but so what? God has given us all gifts --which, large or small, we should be grateful for. I spent too many years being jealous of others. I
believe that I have finally outgrown this immature behavior. Why should we be jealous of others if we are using our gifts to the fullest? In this regard, I've heard something to the effect that how can a small glass brimming full to the top with pure crystal-clear water complain because a larger glass is equally filled to the top? Each is filled to capacity and that's the only thing that matters. Maybe Echo readers can add
a comment on other aspects of maturity as well.

Petwarmers today had a link I thought was very interesting. Maybe Clifford the large red dog in the children's cartoon has met his match. Not really - no dog can be as big as Clifford but Samson, owned by a British couple is huge --weighing 276 pounds. He stands 6'5" on his hind legs. While he looks intimidating, he is
known as the "gentle giant."

Ray and Julie Woods who own him found Samson at an RSPCA center when he was 6 months old. His parents, two of the biggest breeds --the Great Dane and Newfoundland were not meant to mate but managed to do so and produced a litter of 11. Of course Samson, was by far the largest.

Samson eats 2 large bowls of dried dog food a day with an occasional turkey leg for a treat. The couple spends 60 Br. pounds a month for his food. I found this awesome picture of him at the Daily Mail (www.dailymail.co.uk.)

At the same site I saw this cute "Valentine" dog born with a heart wonderfully inscribed in his fur.