Whorled View

July 11, 2007

Octogenarians Rule

Filed under: Family,Health,Lifestyles,Politics,Sociology — lullabyman @ 8:54 am

A few years ago Mike Wallace interviewed President Gordon B Hinckley (who’s now a nanogenarian) and doubted the wisdom of having old men run a huge multinational church (it has always been run by men who do so until they die of old age). Pres. Hinckley responded enthusiastically “Isn’t it wonderful … a man who isn’t blown about with every wind of doctrine!?”, but the telling part of the interview was then seen in Mike Wallace’s expression. Mike looked absolutely shocked as if to think “I thought old people were only good for grinding up into soilent green.” Incidentally, Mike is no spring chicken either, though apparently he’s oblivious to the fact.

Mike looked absolutely shocked as if to think “I thought old people were only good for grinding up into soilent green.”

In the meantime I’ve come to the undeniable conclusion that we as a nation, as a world, and as a society are foolish for dismissing our greatest resource: experience. Somewhere in our disposable society someone made the irrational conclusion that all things that mature are both outdated and worthless. That viewpoint has been peddled so much lately that now it just seems a foregone conclusion. I couldn’t disagree more though.

Take an earlier opinion of mine where I introduced perhaps one of the greatest inventions of all time: Dr. Bussard’s Polywell – a highly probable cheap nuclear fusion engine allowing unheard of power and space travel in the very near future if adequately funded. Next year Dr. Bussard will be an Octogenarian (a person between 80 and 90 years old). The science he uses hasn’t been academically pursued since his youth, and there’s only a handful of guys who can pick up where he’s left off – and they’re the same age and older.

“Somewhere in our disposable society someone made the irrational conclusion that all things that mature are both outdated and worthless.”

Another entry of mine I pointed out some research done by another mature scientist, Gerald F. Judd, discovered how you can regrow the enamel on your teeth, and proved that regular toothpaste prevents enamel growth (a fact which rich dentists love – 3 of the 6 highest paid professions are in the dental industry). Gerald, by my calculations, also has to be nearly 80.

Linus Pauling, the great Physicist who won 2 Nobel prizes, may have done some of his greatest work in his 70’s and 80’s in Orthomolecular Medicine where the benefits of antioxidants were discovered and exploited, and to this day these benefits are almost entirely ignored (even poorly disputed) by the medical community as a whole.

In every one of these cases the projects that these mature scientists worked on were very unpopular because they threatened an existing system. For example, what if the $30 billion Tokomak fusion reactor was deemed a waste? Or what if nobody got cavities anymore? Or what if most diseases could be prevented almost entirely … by vitamins?! These guys found the answers, or very nearly did so, and those efforts and their answers are being largely ignored.

And why are these amazing discoveries ignored? Probably because they were discovered by a bunch of old fogeys – who, as we all know, are intellectually inferior to young energetic brains. Right? Wrong.

My grandpa, a scientist himself, was as sharp as a tack and his colloidal silver salves he created near the end of his life are still the best healing agents I’ve ever used, along with some proposed by Pauling. I’d also much rather get advice from my own dad now then when he was younger – he’s wiser now. Even in cases where older people often suffer intellectually they often still retain and even gain greater wisdom through such times.

“In the last 16 years Americans have been infatuated with young Presidents – and where has that gotten us? Lewinsky and Iraq. Our leaders could have used a little more prudence – and that comes with age.”

Besides, in an age of information and massive computing power what we need the most probably isn’t intellectualism, but wisdom. Me thinks they know something that most of the rest of us don’t. In the last 16 years Americans have been infatuated with young Presidents – and where has that gotten us? Lewinsky and Iraq. Our leaders could have used a little more prudence – and that comes with age.

Now… how to get wisdom out of them without sitting through another boring story you’ve heard a dozen times. Oh well, I guess that’s the price for getting diamonds. You gotta sift through a bit of coal, and in the meantime you might find some gold nuggets in those stories you never noticed before. Then again, you might only give them the company they deserve.

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