Ranting and raving may be appropriate for young people 90 years and younger. At 91 however, I'll confine my periodic observations to reflecting on issues from the past that I feel might be germane for the future.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016
A "needed" break in takling about the election.
Here is a question and my answer to a question posed me two months ago on my Ask Me Anything (AMA) Reddit dialogue system. I thought it was time to take a break in looking at the election - (I get more and more depressed as I see Trump's numbers rising!)
I've truly been impressed by the thoughtful questions posed me. I just wish I had more time to answer them more quickly and give more time to giving thoughtful answers - I merely dictate thoughts that come into my head.
Here's a question that came to me and the answer I gave. I thought others might be interested.
I've got a thousand questions I'd love to ask you. But, since I'm
sure you've got a flood, I'll pick the three I'd love for you to
answer. I'm a biology major intending to go into aging research to
discover why we age, how we age, and ultimately how we can control
the aging process. So, my first question is fairly predictable. If
you could live another 90 years (in, say, the health of a
50-year-old), would you? Another 900?
you were an adult in a time when prejudice regarding race, sexuality,
and religion were incredibly blatant and really were systemic
oppression, fully encoded into US law. A great many older folks (I
live in the American South, so my sample size may be skewed) still
hold ideologies of decades gone by. Would you say your perceptions of
race, sexuality, and religion have changed over the years? You seem
very progressive in such areas, so I'd love to hear about how you
were back when you were 20-30.
what do you most want to live long enough to see? If there was
anything you wanted to happen in your lifetime that you would die
happy if you could see, what would it be? Has it already happened, or
is it yet to come?
of all I must say that it's the opportunity to relate to young
people that is one of the major factors in my allegedly youthful
demeanor and condition. Your questions are quite fascinating and so
I'll just ruminate – and probably make mistakes – on my Dragon
another 90 years? Not if Trump is elected! I do have trouble with
hypotheticals, but I almost feel that nature – plus reasonable
medical assistance – has provided an ideal life span – for me
at least. Human intelligence has not created proper vehicles –
yet at least – for meaningful existence of so many more people to live on this planet.
to was brought up in the South until I went into the military at
age 17 for three years. And while I did not participate in
furthering civil rights, "something innate within me"
kept me from the blatant racism that was present in San Antonio in
the 30s and 40s. I attributed to two things – a. Parents, although they only had a fifth and an eighth grade education, never
showed any racial hostility, and b. A liberal mainline church that
gave emphasis to the TEACHINGS of Jesus. The one area in which I
have changed the most is in the field of gay and lesbian
acceptance. As a child my only concept of gay men was that they
were predators of boys – and with three aunts who never married
but had scores of female friends, I never even knew the term
lesbian. Fortunately my life experiences have changed my
would die tomorrow with a smile on my face if the nations of the
world would support a United Nations organization that would be
strong enough to stop war and solve all disputes through
PS – for this rant: In rereading this I note that I give short shrift to religion other than emphasizing the importance of the teachings of Jesus. I do not want to minimize how dramatically my perception of religion has changed. While religion is still central in my life, I approach it as an agnostic atheist. I do not believe in the God that was projected to me throughout my formative years, but feel there is some mysterious "force" that attracts ALL peoples to the good. Personally I appreciate and support the good work of "all enlightened religious institutions" but feel that all religions – at least those based on love and peace – have much to offer in the way of instilling constructive life values.
Thus you see the enjoyment I have in sharing thoughts with the thousand or so young people through Reddit.