Straight Talk from Al Jacobs
THE JOY OF LONG LIFE
The aim: Everyone will live 100 years in good health. Human Longevity, Inc., well funded and in cooperation with the University of California San Diego, has initiated a DNA decoding project designed to extend human life spans. “Our goal is to make 100 years old the new 60,” says Peter Diamandis, co-founder of the firm.
As a concept, it certainly has a nice ring to it, but before we embrace nirvana we’d better visualize the result. Consider the socioeconomic implication if everyone reaches the century mark as a vibrant 60-year-old. Will normal retirement commence at 65 or 105? If 65, where will the money come from to support millions of retirees for 50 or more years? But if retirement is delayed until 105, workers must toil for 80 years before they may pack it in. For many this would be no blessing.
One final thought comes to mind. With childbirth still to couples in their 20s, the offspring will be in their 80s and beyond before their parents depart this earth. Few family estates will be passed on to younger progeny; this should make for fascinating interfamily dynamics. Perhaps there’s a practical limit as to when life should end.
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