A character of all multicellular organisms in the biosphere is that their life progresses through a defined series of sequential stages that collectively define a life cycle. In the animal kingdom, the life cycle stages are: conception, development, maturation, decline, and death. Though death may be inevitable, the duration of an individual’s life span is an unknown variable.
As a linear time line, the whole life cycle represents a process of aging. The conventional usage of “aging,” however, is generally associated with the phase of the life cycle defined as decline. The period of decline is characterized by a loss of physical and mental function, decrepitude, and infirmity, all traits of “growing old.”
The human aging period is of variable duration. Some individuals experience a long, protracted period of decline, while others are fortunate enough to have a vibrantly healthy life and then pass peacefully in their sleep, essentially without experiencing any infirmity.
Must a period of degeneration, “aging,” precede death? Can we get old without aging?


10 thoughts on “Aging

  1. other cultures seem to hold some of the keys on this—the Hunza people and some of the Caucasoid tribes which prior to this last two centuries—were known to live for long periods…Herbalist Li Ching-Yu I recall lived to 250 according to imperial court records…A.C. Custance who probed issues of Science and Faith had done quite a lot of research on mortogenic factors in his works which though working from the Theological slant still have solid footnotes sources and documentation…I fear funding for such research–which seems to control such research— will go toward Super Soldiers before it goes to the common human being…

  2. “Conception, development, maturation, decline, and death.” ?
    I think something is missing: transfer to another biological entity created by yourself (but not alone), of your genetic information, some of it taken from your predecessors, some of it obtained through experience your own life. Because this is the purpose of life: the transmission of information to the infinite, right ?! Therefore, if before death there is or there is not decline I think it depends on us how prepare ourselves for death. That’s what I think…

  3. Our hearts(souls) are timeless. Degeneration is not only a state of our bodies….indeed also a state of mind; of beliefs which find their way into our unconscious mind and then begin to inform all of our choices. We perpetuate these degenerative beliefs until we die or we stop and we begin to awaken to what is real and what is not. It certainly does behoove us to become conscious and to allow these beliefs to pass away so that we lead our lives as the sentient beings that we are.

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  5. As we think and create our life into existence, what are we then capable of creating as the magic beings we truly are. Are we willing to go out of this reality, the reality box as most people see it, and create a whole new reality, and what will it take to do so? Can one person do it and walk the talk and/or what are the critical mass of people thats needed before it become the new reality and people realize that its possible to change all realities and their own in specific?

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