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Monday, December 8, 2014

OLD PEOPLE ARE HAPPIER

My life at 15 Craigside is not unsimilar to Hobbes' (click on it to read the comments):


There is a general sense of pity that very old people surely must be depressed and unhappy.  They can't travel much anymore, move slowly, are mostly sick and the end is near.

Well, according to David Brooks of the New York Times, people who rate themselves most highly are those ages 82 to 85:

  • People in their 20's also think well of their life.  (But there is little security, or, perhaps more so, a lack of appreciation of the coming reality.  I added this.)
  • For the general populace, this good feeling of those in their 20's declines with age until bottoming out around the age of 50, when people in the U.S. are most unhappy.
  • Not reported in this article, but there again is a drop in attitude after 85 for health and other problems become dominating.
Anyway, why are those between 82 and 85 so upbeat?  To me, they (I'm not there yet) have learned to accept the philosophy of Meher Baba (left), "Don't Worry Be Happy," popularized by Bobby McFerrin, which became the first a cappella song to reach #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  Now viewed more than 31 million times on You Tube, the video, you might not have noticed, featured Robin Williams.

[Sorry if you clicked on that song, for you'll need to watch a 30 second commercial of the movie, The Woman in Black 2, coming on January 2, which, amazingly enough, garnered a 94% advanced  audience rating from Rotten Tomatoes, after the original did dismally.]   In any case, said Brooks:
  • They emphasize the positives.
  • Are more relaxed, for they get more pleasure out of the present.
  • They have mastered life's challenges.
  • Are not confronted by stressful activities like teenage children.
  • Are not as troubled by setbacks and have learned that anxiety is a waste of life.
  • Have the experience to balance tensions.
  • Are wiser.
I already recognized much of the above in my posting on COULD 15 CRAIGSIDE BE PURGATORY?  Mind you, making it into Purgatory is good, for, according to the Catholic religion, it was been ascertained that you will eventually get to Heaven.  In Purgatory, you are given time to purify yourself.  Sounds like 15 Craigside to me.

For the record, I have already described what could someday be heaven:  COULD THE TOKYO RITZ-CARLTON CLUB LOUNGE BE HEAVEN?  Sure, tongue in cheek and all that, but does anyone have a more descriptive account of life in that ultimate realm?
  • Certainly, you can't have much confidence in the confidence of Rapture.
  • Of course there are Biblical examples:
    • But getting to Heaven is a one way trip, and there appears to be no means of communication back to Earth, and there has been no confirmation of anyone with this capability.

    • Apostle John saw Heaven and recorded the Book of Revelation.
    • Paul also saw the light.
    • Holy angels chant Holy, Holy Holy over the throne of God, some with six wings and they never stop this proclamation.
Pardon me, but none of the above is particularly convincing.  My elucidation of the Tokyo Ritz-Carlton can be confirmed through my blog site.  However, if, indeed, getting to Heaven is a one way street, then, perhaps, I, too, can be challenged.

I can personally attest to the fact that the 82-85 group is the happiest.  I have talked to many at 15 Craigside in that age range, and there is an almost angelic aura of authenticity and legitimacy about their attitude.  There is a kind of ultimate security here, plus no matter what happens, this seniors community organization is obligated to care for all of us until death.  The whole place is owned by a church group which has been in Honolulu since maybe as long ago as the early 1800's, and, of course, Christianity goes back to a time soon after Jesus Christ.  Then, of course, while life is happy and wonderful now, when the end comes, maybe there will be a Heaven.

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Tropical Storm Hagupit, now at 45 MPH, is reasonably south, but just about impacting Manila:


Thus far, 27, mostly from the town of Borongan, have perished.  As terrible as this might be, Hagupit was at one point the strongest typhoon of the year, so the Philippines was largely spared.

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