Category: aging

The U-Shaped Life Curve

Harsh reality.

Gee…I wonder why that is

…the most recent figures suggest that being black or Hispanic is nowadays associated with greater happiness.

When you are in the ascendant, when you see a bright racial future for your kind, when you are ever more victorious, of course you’ll be happy.  Whites are becoming like Native Americans – a defeated and despondent people.

Here’s the secret to the U-shaped life curve. Young people are happy because they are young – they have their whole lives ahead of them; they see unlimited opportunities; they are at the peak of health, vigor, and physical attractiveness.  Old people are happy because of delusion. The fear of impeding death causes them to over-compensate and engage in hysterical denial over the harsh reality of their decrepitude, as they desperately try to convince themselves that they are “happy.” Some are too feeble-minded to realize how terrible their life is, and was. Others may simply have become resigned to their fate, and come to terms with how empty and meaningless their existence has been, and still is. They all desperately try and grasp onto every moment of remaining life in denial of the inevitable fate that awaits them…awaits us all.  It is a form of demented hysteria born out of the sheer terror of death. Folks in their 50s, on the other hand, realize all they have lost and are losing and they harbor no delusions.  They are not yet suffering from the delusions of death-fear or of neurodegenerative dementia. They are immersed in the unrelenting bleakness of their utter despair; middle age is the sweet spot for enlightened misery. They’ve lost the best years of their life, they’ve often been cheated out of their life, had their lives essentially stolen from them, they’ve seen all their dreams and hopes destroyed, and they are living pathetic inauthentic existences merely and solely in order to make ends meet and to fulfill the expectations of others. They are miserable simply because they see harsh reality without blinders.  They may become particularly frustrated when they realize that while they do have some useful time left, circumstances prevent them from doing what they want to do with that time. They hate their lives and for good reason. Thus, sandwiched between youthful exuberance and elderly delusion is a period of soul-searing clarity.  Enjoy.

Theories of Aging and a Stupid Female Biologist

Is using “stupid” and “female” in the same sentence redundant?

Re: “Myth” One – that hypothesis may be right or it may be wrong, but her “reasoning” is incomplete. What about natural selection, especially in the group selection context? Offspring may contain less genes of the parents than the parent themselves, but the offspring’s gene combinations may be better suited for being adaptive for the environment. On a single family basis, this may be a “wash” (parental genes may be better adapted), but consider the population as a whole.  Compare two populations: one immortal and the other mortal, each within a fixed territory with fixed carrying capacity. The immortal population – assuming they reproduce – will have parents eternally competing with offspring for limited resources, putting a cap on possible reproduction.  Indeed, this would degenerate into a generational struggle for fixed resources – leading the immortals to forgo reproduction or to not invest much in parenting.  This population would not have the genetic flexibility to be fit in changing environments.  The mortal population has each generation dying off, thus enhancing the fitness value of reproduction and parental investment.  This in turn creates a population in which generations succeed one another, allowing natural selection to work, producing a gene pool more flexible in adapting to changing environments.  Therefore, on a mass group level, a population with programmed mortality – which may actually just be a default program to slow down bodily maintenance after reproducing – will be more fit in adapting to changing environments than an immortal population that does not make room for new generations that have novel combinations of genes through sexual reproduction (independent assortment and crossing over).
By the way, isn’t it interesting these trash of the type like this “biologist” will invoke the importance of genetic similarity when it comes to parent vs. child, but will have a nervous breakdown if anyone applied the same reasoning to co-ethnic vs. alien?