Another point made sounds a bit cynical:
"[T]oday’s longevity is a net loss from that period in terms of functional longevity; we are simply expanding the period of suffering from dying."It's not like our early ancestors didn't also suffer, albeit under a dramatically different array of circumstances. And it smacks as contradictory to the extend that we need our grandparents and great grandparents. My beloved 93-year-old mother-in-law, herself a great grandparent to dozens of grandchildren and great-grandchildren is a total total rock star in our family and community. So it's not solely an issue how we fare as elders, but how we value them, alongside the very idea of becoming elderly, as well.
Moreover, there's no analysis that I can tell of the havoc wrought by Western European colonialism. In any case, his point is well taken that we indeed pay a terribly high cost for so-called "civilization."
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