A new study has come out identifying genes as a critical determination of those who live past 100 years old. But don’t pick up that bacon double cheeseburger just yet — environmental factors do have an impact on everyone in both length and quality of life. This study is part of a larger body of research devoted to our increasingly older population and the implications on our society. It got me wondering if I would really like to live to be 100. (Right now the prospect seems unappealing, but I might change my mind in 40 years!) I do understand why there is so much energy around this type of research, though. It connects to our fears of the unknown, with death being the greatest unknown of all. Our obsession with science as the answer to that fear seems misplaced, though. If I do live to be 100, I don’t think it will be a time of contentment unless I have found a way to embrace my own fear of the unknown and live fully in the present moment. And that I can start working on right now.
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