Common Sense: Who wants to live to be 200 years old?

By Brent Davis

A news report came across my television screen recently. The headline was “72 is the new 30.” The premise of the report was that with all the advances in health care, housing, clean water supplies and the availability of food, human beings are living longer lives.
The next question should be, “But do you really want to live to be 200 years old?”
My answer would be, “Only if everyone else does, too.” Here’s why.
Life is already unpredictable. The natural progression of things is that birth is followed by a time of learning with your parents, followed by a young adult period filled with finding the love of your life and growing a family. Once this time passes, your children continue the tradition by following the same path, thereby introducing grandchildren into the mix. Strife and despair are not welcome companions in this journey, but oftentimes they tag along for the ride nonetheless.
There are additional assumptions that are part of this natural progression we all expect. Fatal disease does not enter into the equation. The criminal actions of others do not place a mark on our soul. We do not bury our children.
Sadly, we all know too well the pain that comes with the loss of a child, a loved one and the inability to make sense of the actions of others who harm us. Faith and the love from others become our strength, our reason to continue.
Undoubtedly, the changes and advances that come about as new generations reach levels of authority would be incredible to watch and experience.
Imagine the wonder of those who watched during the years as man took flight and eventually walked on the moon. Imagine the amazement as communication went from a series of dots and dashes via telegraph to mobile telephones we carry in our pocket.
Encyclopedias gave way to Google.
Patience gave way to immediate gratification.
Human contact gave way to tweets and instant messages.
But through all the change experienced as the decades passed, two indispensables traits are woven through it all.
Hope and love.
So, if the world continues to have hope and love, I’ll be there as long as the good Lord allows. Faith will take care of the rest.

Brent Davis is editor of the Saline Courier. He can be reached at