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THE TRANSHUMANIST SCRAPBOOK: THE THOUGHTS OF OMISSION

Occasionally, as regular readers here know, I blog about some aspect of the techno-insanity that calls itself the transhumanist movement. And usually, this takes the form of commentary on the latest techno-wizardry and all the wonderful "benefits" it's supposed to bring. But today, in conjunction with the following two articles, I want to propose an experiment, to see if perhaps others are noticing the same things, or, as the case may be, if I'm all alone at the end of the twig, perched precariously with the weight of my high octane speculations vastly exceding the load-bearing capabilities of the twig.Consider first this story about genetic anti-aging research:

Elites pouring billions into gene-therapy research

While it's good to know that others have noticed the same thing that we've commented on here, namely, that some members of the elites already appear to have access to some unknown or hidden medical life-extension technologies - as the article points out, think of Queen Elizabeth II, Henry Kissinger, David Rockefeller, and so on - there's something that is not mentioned here, and for a few moments, I'll leave it for you the reader to think about what that is, while we ponder this more recent story out of Germany about "spermbots":

Motorized 'Spermbots' Could Solve Male Infertility

Again, the magic of science and technology conquers cruel nature and the invirile male or infertile female with the technological wonders of solutions to their problems: in vitro fertilization, test tube babies, maybe even cloning, or, more recently, three-parent babies, sperm banks, and now, "sperm bots."

When I read these stories, a new thought occurred to me, and it concerns both my own and perhaps others' reactions to such stories, and hence, my "experiment of the day" rather than our typical "high octane speculation" of the day, for I've noticed myself slipping into a pattern of thought that omits the mention or consideration of the traditional remedies for such problems.

To be sure, I have pointed out, in conjunction with the life-extension technologies, that there may be a moral and ethical flipside that needs to be mentioned. One can, I have stated, imagine a Mother Teresa or an Albert Schweitzer having decades beyond a normal life span to do their good work and good works. So too, one might imagine a Mao Tse-dung or a Joseph Stalin having similar extended life spans to wreak havoc and evil. Indeed, as the first article suggests and implies, the elites already appear to have access to some sort of life-extension, and perhaps this fact does account for the craziness and insanity let loose in the world.

But it's the "omitted thought" here that disturbs me, for it is reflecting a pattern that all too easily slips into our own alternative community critiques of such trends, and that is the habit of mind and thought that critiques these technologies and techniques by omitting the standard and traditional assumptions, and that plays into the implicit materialist cosmology and assumptions by accepting their premises. It used to be the conventional wisdom that a long life was the reward for virtuous living, hard work, a healthy diet, and, yes, reverence for the Good, the Virtuous, and God, or reason, or some facsimile thereof.

For myself, I noticed this trend as I contemplated the second article about the "spermbots." To be sure, it is full of technological promise, but there's an omitted thought, a traditional answer, to childlessness, and that's adoption. Have we become so enamored of technological solutions to our predicamentrs, that we no longer even entertain, in our thinking, the traditional answers as being at the top of our list of considerations? This thought intrigues me, for I suspect too this question is linked to the narcissism of the age: we'd rather develop expensive technologies and techniques to solve a problem of infertility or lack of virility, than to open our hearts to orphans. And perhaps too, this is a sign of the materialism of the age: we'd rather pass on our DNA, via some technique, than embrace a far more difficult task of opening our hearts and minds, a far more important thing. I suppose it is easy for me to talk like this, since I am not married and have no children. But it was the first thought that occurred to me when reading the article. Is it much easier to become consumers of a technology, than it is to embrace an ancient human solution to an age-old problem, because that solution requires so much more, spiritually and emotionally, for it does indeed appear to me that transhumanism is presenting humanity with a kind of ultimate choice: embrace the materialistic solution, or the spiritual one, and there's little middle ground between the two.

Perhaps I'm simply seeing things that are not there, and hence, I've put this one in the "you tell me category," but I would be interested to find out if others out there are thinking the same thing, or if on the other hand they think I'm "seeing too much" in a trend that really isn't there at all.

See you on the flip side...

26 thoughts on “THE TRANSHUMANIST SCRAPBOOK: THE THOUGHTS OF OMISSION”

  1. They seem to be trying to give that narrow choice without middle ground. Whether they can pull off some trick version of “materialist only” solutions remains to be seen (and it would be a trick, whether they see it as such themselves or not). Meantime I will continue to see the technologies themselves, as you seem to, as double-edged swords, with potential for both good and evil effects, hoping that somehow more right than wrong is ultimately done with them.

  2. You were not alone in thinking along these lines. I only have two thoughts to share. First, the methods of the sale for these technologies and their development is definitely a marketing coup. Its a way to assess the size of the market and to help offset the costs for development and delivery. Second, it is yet another way to elicit from us another priceless treasure for their manipulation and consumption–our DNA. As a measure of how thoroughly fascist our culture has become the general acceptance of the attitude by common, ordinary people speaks volumes.

  3. Great article Doc you bring up many good points. I for one walk the red road of spirituality, respect and honor. I don’t buy into a lot of the memes the elites push. I know we are from the great spirit and no elitist can tell me different there are too many pieces that point to this not the other way around. Wasn’t Aristotle one of the first materialists?

  4. I can’t imagine anybody wanting to live here forever or even hundreds of years. There is simply too much corruption among mortal beings. Sure, there are some really wonderful things about life on planet earth, but the horrors people inflict on others, animals, the planet and themselves are so utterly abhorrent. The egocentricity that is becoming so prevalent is disgusting. I, for one, just don’t see the value in remaining here any longer than absolutely necessary. In addition to that and as I believe someone else mentioned, I am rather looking forward to finding out what is on the other side of the veil. (NOT that I intend to hurry it along and I do hope that when it comes time for my departure from this life, it will be relatively pain free, ; -)

    As for the question, yes, I do believe you are correct regarding the trend, Joseph. Materialism seems to be the order of the day and those who uncompromisingly lean towards spiritualism instead are marginalized more and more. That is why I agree with the premise that we must refuse to go along with the widely promoted and distributed assumptions and memes and instead we must cling tenaciously to the old standard and traditional values. I believe we must resist with everything we’ve got in every way we can or we will become ever more perilously close to falling to the dark side, as it were.

    PS… technology is like plastic: it has its place but shouldn’t be everywhere and in everything, ; -)

  5. I suppose ultimately it all comes down to humanity’s great fear of death.
    And given that many of the elites are having a grand old time on this side of the life/death divide, I can imagine that they really DON’T want to meet their Maker to explain themselves anytime soon.
    Personally I’m intrigued by what there may be to experience on the other side of my final breath….My greater concern is not death itself but how I arrive their (hopefully via the least unsavoury/inconvenient way possible 🙂

  6. Joseph, you are right on the mark. I’ve long thought that the growing divide in the world today is in ‘worldview’. The materialist vs ‘spiritual’. The former characterized by such as the basically hedonistic/nihilistic psychological realm of the younger generations; the viciousness of modern art-music-politics-you.name.it; Evolutionary theory plus Copernican-Carl Sagan edge-of-the-universe insignificant pale blue dot that is home; throw the baby out with the bath-water..literally; and etcetera. Ethics, morality -gone in the traditional sense.
    Altogether we are looking to science as God and scientists as high priests. So which do we choose and why? The Transhumanists are making their choice (along with myriad other interest groups, not just ‘elites’). I personally choose ‘spirituality’ and the depth that is found there, unknown to those born of primordial goo. (sorry, couldn’t resist a cheap shot!)
    But the devil is in the details: Exactly what kind of ‘spirituality’ are we talking about? Which if any is ‘True’? An epistemological problem. The answer may be as clear as Science offers, inductively repeatable ‘experiments’ on the inner Personal level. Empirical evidence, universally accessible and verifiable by all. Equality, inclusiveness encouraged. ‘Empiria’, the Greek for ‘experience’ is the same root for ’empirical’. A practiced Buddhist knows of this inner world, of verifiable experience (although the ‘P’ in person would have to be lower case, in this case) There are many ‘spiritualities’; so unless we are willing to be relativists, ‘believe it if it feels ok to you’, then we have hard (P)personal work ahead of us to discern these roads-less-traveled.
    (I’m trying hard not to make a commercial for my own _ersonal beliefs!) no need for that.

  7. 30 years ago if i was given a few million dollars it may of killed me.after a few falls the art of living became my pearl of great price.went down some roads as a seeker.one thing i know now (not think) as simple as.”where ever you go there you are” what good is it to live long in the material paradigm if your skin doesn’t fit? bless you joseph!

  8. The elites have life extension. From 1998 to 2013 Larry Ellison spent hundreds of millions of dollars funding on ageing. In mid 2013 all new research was called off. All currently funded awards were to continue until they finished their 4 year window.

    So what happened? Did Larry suddenly get disillusioned and quit? Did they figure it out and go the “silent research” route on the ones that worked? Did the super elites fear Larry’s approach might awaken public interest and buy him off with their stuff that works? Who knows.

  9. I don’t know anything about a secret genetically engineered compound used by Henry Kissinger, David Rockefeller, and the Queen for longevity. There may be one or there may not. But I do know the compound used by all three to extend their lives, and it has nothing to do with gene-splicing. It is an natural omega 3 distillate from fish oil called DHA, or Docosahexaenoic acid. I got this information first hand from my own doctor, who travels in those circles. The very fact that almost no one in the public knows about the amazing life extension properties of DHA makes me think they really do exist.

    The following information about DHA was taken from Wikipedia:

    Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) is an omega-3 fatty acid that is a primary structural component of the human brain, cerebral cortex, skin, sperm, testicles and retina. It can be synthesized from alpha-linolenic acid or obtained directly from maternal milk or fish oil.[1] DHA’s structure is a carboxylic acid (-oic acid) with a 22-carbon chain (docosa- is Greek for 22) and six (hexa-) cis double bonds (-en-);[2] with the first double bond located at the third carbon from the omega end.[3] Its trivial name is cervonic acid, its systematic name is all-cis-docosa-4,7,10,13,16,19-hexa-enoic acid, and its shorthand name is 22:6(n-3) in the nomenclature of fatty acids.
    Cold-water oceanic fish oils are rich in DHA. Most of the DHA in fish and multi-cellular organisms with access to cold-water oceanic foods originates from photosynthetic and heterotrophic microalgae, and becomes increasingly concentrated in organisms the further they are up the food chain. DHA is also commercially manufactured from micro algae: Crypthecodinium cohnii and another of the genus Schizochytrium.[4] DHA manufactured using micro algae is vegetarian.[5]
    Some animals with access to seafood make little DHA through metabolism, but obtain it in the diet. However, in strict herbivores, and carnivores that do not eat seafood, DHA is manufactured internally from α-linolenic acid, a shorter omega-3 fatty acid manufactured by plants (and also occurring in animal products as obtained from plants). Limited amounts of eicosapentaenoic and docosapentaenoic acids are possible products of α-linolenic acid metabolism in young women[6] and men,[7] and though DHA is difficult to detect above dietary background in males compared with females, this illustrates the importance of DHA production for the developing fetus and healthy breast milk.[8] Rates of conversion are 15% higher for women, with those taking oral contraceptives demonstrating 10% higher DHA levels.[9]
    DHA is a major fatty acid in sperm, brain phospholipids and the retina. While the potential roles of DHA in the mechanisms of Alzheimer’s disease are under active research,[10] studies of fish oil supplements, which contain DHA, have failed to support claims of preventing cardiovascular diseases.[11][12][13]

    Central nervous system constituent[edit]
    DHA is the most abundant omega-3 fatty acid in the brain and retina. DHA comprises 40% of the polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) in the brain and 60% of the PUFAs in the retina. Fifty percent of the weight of a neuron’s plasma membrane is composed of DHA.[14] DHA is richly supplied during breastfeeding, and DHA levels are high in breast milk regardless of dietary choices.
    DHA modulates the carrier-mediated transport of choline, glycine, and taurine, the function of delayed rectifier potassium channels, and the response of rhodopsin contained in the synaptic vesicles, among many other functions.[15]
    DHA deficiency is associated with cognitive decline.[16] Phosphatidylserine (PS) controls apoptosis, and low DHA levels lower neural cell PS and increase neural cell death.[17] DHA levels are reduced in the brain tissue of severely depressed patients.[18][19]

    More detailed information may be found here: GoodGopher.com – The search engine for independent news and information
    But don’t bother to get your DHA from fish oil because most vitamin companies load that product with cheaper omega 3 acids like EPA. The ration of DHA to the other acids in fish oil must be upwards of 5/1 in order for it to work properly. I’ve been taking it for about 7 months now, and among its many benefits, it has erased probably around 15 years of aging from my face. I’ve found only 2 companies that manufacture DHA in the right ratio, although there may be others. One is Jarrow. It may be found at Swanson’s Vitamins here: http://www.swansonvitamins.com/q?kw=JARROW+MAX+DHA&splitTest=B Another product worth trying is Swanson’s own version, although it uses a slightly different manufacturing technique. It may be found here: http://www.swansonvitamins.com/q?kw=Swanson+super+DHA+500&splitTest=B

  10. Joseph, you are not alone. Empathy, compassion, etc., are vital for an individual and a society. If you are familiar with the Chakra system, the lower three are ‘I am’-based (individual) while the upper three are ‘We are’-based (collective). The middle or Heart Chakra is meant to be where these two ‘threads’ meet and sort-out. Sadly, in most Western elites – and thus the societies they ‘rule’ – the lower Chakras are dominant. Thus, ‘solutions’ are directed-along individualism paths. A long-range problem…

    On the infertility front, there was a ‘Scientific American’ article around a decade-back that put the responsibility square on the male ‘y’ chromosome. It turns out that the ‘y’ chromosome is the ONLY chromosome that will not ‘open itself up’ to genetic mixing in the reproductive process. (Male stubbornness? *grin*) The positive side of this ‘feature’ is no ‘dilution’; an uncompromised ‘record’. The negative side is no ‘dilution’. Random genetic errors over the ages do not get ‘blended out’; they stay.

    The authors documented two major genetic ‘events’ along ‘y’ chromosome history that severely changed the overall structure of the chromosome. These were not ‘blended out’. As a result, the ‘y’ chromosome is likely more ‘dysfunctional’ than other chromosomes and may be pointing the human race towards long-term extinction. Heavy…

    (The article’s authors stay strictly within the orthodoxy-camp, in that the major ‘y’ chromosome changes are random [huge] mutations. If one was Sitchin-oriented, one might see ‘tinkering’ and even links with aging and lost ‘abilities’.)

    The main thing that I took away from this article was that the ‘y’ chromosome was truly different (by exclusion of genetic mixing). To be high octane speculating, WHAT WAS IT that was worth ‘guarding’ which was sooo important that you might bring-on the extinction of the species?

  11. It is rumored that the British royals use homeopathy as their primary method of medical care, which puts an interesting spin on the recent attacks on not only homeopathy, but literally killing alternative physicians. (Keep the good stuff for the elite.)

    One thing I have discovered recently is the extent to which lowly vitamin C has been ignored for over 100 years. Even beyond what Linus Pauling tried to get into public thought, vitamin C in VERY large doses is pretty miraculous – and has tons of research in the literature to back that up.

    It is a detoxifier second to none, and absolute viracide (kills all known viruses), has almost no side effects, etc., During the Spanish Flu epidemic 100 years ago, Vitamin C therapy had a nearly 100 percent cure rate, while regular allopathic methods had an 85 percent death rate. And the list goes on – it prevents and/or cures tetanus, typhoid, polio (yes, the same kind of statistics exist for it as for Spanish Flu), shingles, herpes, and on and on and on. Its effect on cancer is finally being admitted even in the mainstream.

    I knew it was good stuff, but until I read recent compilations of the research, I had no idea that it could literally replace all vaccines and most antibiotics – for pennies. (Gee, maybe that could enter into it . . . .)

    In an interesting bit of genetic info, humans “lost” the ability to manufacture Vitamin C internally, and must get it from food sources. Hmmmm, part of our “demotion” from that state of grace? Take away the ability to make the most powerful anti-toxin, de-toxifier, anti-microbial, etc., substance known? Seems like a punishment with long-term consequences to me.

    The elite almost certainly has access to Rife and Priore technologies, and even Bearden has open-sourced his patent for a Priore-like device. Add in the knowledge of herbs, essential oils, vitamins, and real nutrition, and you could easily have miraculous-looking health without much effort.

    As for children and reproduction, I,too, have none (and never wanted any), and don’t really understand the insane focus on “blood descendants.” (I say I don’t have the “kid” gene. Absolutely NO interest in the little monsters.)

    I know it is a great imperative for many people, and I think there is a lot more to this than meets the eye. I find it odd that the one “human right” that almost everyone agrees upon is the right to reproduce. Most people never even question it as a basic right, not even a little, while they will gladly throw far more important rights to the wind.

    As the changes in our diet and environment continue to wreck our health, I understand completely why high tech (read expensive) solutions to such problems exist, just like expensive and dangerous pharmaceuticals to be used in place of cheap and plentiful Vitamin C. MONEY.

    I believe there has also been some mention in articles about the spermbots that they are pioneering a technology to be used in other parts of the body. (Not liking the sound of that. Nearly invisible little snakebots worming their way into our brains to make us Republithugs or worse. The Wrath of (Herman) Kahn?)

  12. You are not alone with your thoughts, Joseph. I felt the same way for a long time. However, to me there is another fundamental question underlying the trend. The real problem to me, is the question, why did they truly create us ? Sure, the “slave” issue seems to have been an aspect of an issue, but there is another factor far more important.
    If I look at older traditions, they all have a remnant of a “technology” in them. For example, the holy communion in Christian churches, the (monatomic) gold eating in Egypt and countless others.
    The white round wafer in Church is a remnant of the whit gold powder eating. The red wine is a remnant of the blood drinking (Oil of Messeh – mentrual blood of the vestal virgins). With these two technologies, they prolonged ther lifespan, according to the Sumerian Kings list, up to 60,000 years (now known as the “Golden Ages”. It was supposedly to ignite the “fire” in your blood and DNA (the fire, which Prometheus, ENKI or Lucifer supposedly stole from the gods and gave to man). What they however forgot, is the fact, that if you don’t do the practice on your own, at some point your body becomes dependent on the technology and you start to age catastrophically (loose the fire). So our ancestors already made the same mistake, why should it this time be any different.
    This loss of the fire (phy ratio spacing of the DNA codons) is now commonly known as the fall of the angels. It looks to me, as if the technology was the main factor and the cause of the fall, because if you add or subtract a codon in the DNA you destroy the phi ratio spacing. Medical doctors should not be allowed to play around with DNA, because they do not (yet) know, what DNA is for !
    So, all the concerns about vitamins, enzymes, hormons, DND therapies… become irrelevant, they are not the issue and neither the solution.
    All ancient traditions say, that only love creates, but love is just the beginning. Love means, the lowest state of the Phi ratio (LowPhi), which starts to ignite the “Fire”. Joseph is absolutely right. Empathy, instead of technology, would solve more isses, than any drug will ever do.
    Since ENKI gave us the fire (which their ancestors lost), we don’t need the technology, they however “remember” the golden age and try to find a way to combine it “safely”! That may also be the reason, that they tried several times to wipe us out, and thanks to ENKI (Lucifer, Prometheus) we survived. Thats why the “elite” worships Lucifer, because he was the one who saved us several times.
    Find out, how to keep the fire “alive” and do not waste your time with useless technologies ! They still think, that they can somehow find a “safe” way and go back to a golden age, but it will ultimatelly fail, just like several times before.
    That does not mean though, that there isn’t any “good” technology around. Every device or practice which helps you monitor and learn is a temporary good device (for example to select your food). If you use the technology, but don’t change your lifestyle, will fail !
    Hope, that puts this issue in another perspective !

  13. This is where that proverbial fork in the road: one inhuman, albeit loaded with temptations of immortality, superhuman intelligence/strength/senses and more; the other, the longer road to hoe, but one that does not give up the soul/spiritual – one that can be more rewarding, but must be one of a deliberate and careful approach. I’m afraid, the financiers and national security state; representing an elitist class of less that 1% are making the decisions for all mankind at the expense of humanity, simply because those temptations are too much for there short-sighted beady-eyes to see behind, or grasp the significance of beyond.

  14. While the technologies are tempting, on another level, we are presented with a choice between our will and that of a higher will. . And If we choose the former, there could be preordained ramifications that we may not see in our current state but will have to deal with.
    In a certain aspect , our actions and aspirations are symbolic of something much deeper. In this case, it is a form of high narcissism, and to most of us the idea will probably sound all too familiar.
    Dr. Farrell, it’s not a case of seeing too much, it’s all of us just being in different points/lenses/scopes of perspective. You’re doing fine, Do what you have to do.

  15. On the question of adoption, I too was thinking along the same lines as you Dr Farrell, these are questions I asked myself too. I’m a childless woman by choice . And I don’t understand the obsession of my fellow citizen with having kids of their own blood. To have a kid with these technologies is still complicated, long, and difficult especially for women. But on the other hand, adoption is even more complicated I speak for France I don’t know the laws for other countries. It takes a long time of administrative procedures and interviews. So I agree with you if you want to adopt it requires more spiritually and emotionally.
    I think that there is another level even more spiritually challenging : accept your infertility and devote your time to something else than raising a child.

    On the question of aging, the people that are 90 or more now have maybe been less exposed to pollution than the next generations. For now we can’t suspect an elite scheme but it’s worth keeping in mind for examination years to come.

  16. Unfortunately Joseph I must point out the dark side of adoption this has been used as a weapon. Against the indigenous people of the Americas, Australia, Armenians and your Celtic ancestors by their conquerors. The stealing of children to brain wash them into despising and hating their ancestors is a old tradition. The pitfalls of the desire to live forever has been brought up in Gulliver’s Travels and a episode of TOS Star Trek and is played with in other science fiction and fantasy stories and that desire comes with it’s own version of HELL the old saying is beware of what you wish for you might0
    not like it when you get it.

  17. IMHO, the Elites have a card up their sleeve. It’s an Off World Alliance / Owner that has given them dominion by way of superior technology in combination with some advance occult knowledge / practices.

    The Elites don’t eat GMO and I’m sure they have regimens that help remediate the effects of Chem Trails and other contaminants that their big business concerns spew into the atmosphere. They also don’t use the toxic soup of pharmaceuticals the rest of us are exposed to. This probably goes for life extension tech that is only for members of the “Big Club”.

    However, for us peons, eating right, taking the proper herbs / supplements and above all execise is imperative. It will help you battle the envornmental toxins and reduce your stress levels. However, there is one thing the Elites try to destroy at all costs. It is a Postive Mental Attitude. PMA will win the day for you in the end. Whether you achieve this with prayer, meditation or doing something creative. It is unimportant. What is important is to sync up with your God given Positive flow aka “The Force”, Chi, Grace, Prana, etc.. Find something that works for you..

    And thank your Dr. Farrell for your example.

  18. The lack of stress and organic food would be the two main reasons these people seem to be living longer, I would imagine, along with a more holistic approach to healthcare. When you can afford these things, a longer life expectancy would seem to be the end result.
    I too, have uncles and aunts who lived well into their 90’s and were healthy and mentally sound approaching 100. This could be the result of their genetics or the lifestyle they chose. All of them lived a Christian life and had firm beliefs in God. Whether this makes any difference or not is a matter for speculation.
    Modern “medicine” is more geared toward sucking the life savings and property from its patients while they “manage” your illness for these goals. The cancer industry alone should tell you this, for there are innumerable ways cancer can be cured naturally, but these are all downplayed and “illegal”, unless you’re above the “law” when it comes to healthcare. Why would anyone choose modern medicines when the side effects include “death”, cardiovascular problems, diabetes, etc.

  19. I ask the same question, “Why not adopt?” every time I hear about people taking fertility drugs etc.
    I think the same when someone buys a puppy. There are countless numbers of homeless pets also.

  20. Excellent article. I was enjoy it when Dr. Farrell ponders things from ethical and spiritual perspectives.

    Having said that, I am personally skeptical of this idea that several elites are using secret anti-aging technology. My grandfather is 96 years old and is in pretty good shape except for arthritis in his hands. He is by no means elite and is, in fact, very working class. If he had any intellectual capacity, he could certainly still be doing some work (similar to Kissinger & the other examples) but unfortunately readin’ and writin’ were never his bag. Instead, he just watches the Pope on TV a lot, prays, and drinks vodka. Additionally, most of the old people cited in the article are in their early 90s so it doesn’t seem that extreme. If they were pushing 100, 105, 110, etc…then I think the argument would be much stronger. As it is, life in the neighborhood of 100 is pretty fragile and anyone of them (or all of them) could easily kick the bucket any time now. It’s quite possible that 1 year from now they will all be dead. Guess we’ll just have to keep our eyes on this one.

    1. Oops, that was meant to read that “I always enjoy it when…”

      There’s no edit button here? Guess that I’ll have to be more careful.

      1. @Kitona – I beg to differ and side with the Doc that certain elites in the public eye do not represent the your typical person of 90+. I know of several people in my immediate family/circle of friends that lived into their mid 90’s and were mentally and physically fit and well for their age. However, that said just getting in and out of a car was difficult enough as you lose strength, flexibility etc let alone the idea of riding a horse (QE2 and the Duke regularly enjoy this pastime). I’m sorry, but a lifetime of the finest caviar and rum simply doesn’t defeat time and its effect on your body. When I was in my late teens a friend of mine who regularly rode horses fell off and broke her back – this is a fit and athletic young woman. What the devil would happen to a 90+ yr old if that were to happen?!?! Even the most ardent of riders know when to hang up their stirrups.

      2. As the oldest of 6 adopted children, step-father of 5 and natural father of 1, I’d like to second this article. Families are complex and dynamic groups of individuals who share love and caring not because of genes, but because of genuine caring and mutual respect. The obcession with not only reproduction, but replicwtion is the ultimate expression of an ego that assumes that one’s physical, mental and spiritual self cannot be 7mproved. It is also an expression of a deep fear of rejection and interpersonal relationships. Finally, it is the assumption that physical death is final and immortality can only be achieved through material 3xistance, not ideas and improving the lives we touch.

        Hear hear!

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