Thursday, October 21, 2010

Deep Thought

How long can you expect to live?

Residents of the United States currently have an average life expectancy of 78.2 years. There are 37 other countries ahead of us. 41 other countries if you count nations with less than 100,000 in their population. The longest appears to be Andorra, a very small mountain country between Spain and France, in the Pyrenees. There the average person lives to 83.5. Of the larger (100,000+) populations, Japan leads the way with a 81.6 year average life expectancy.

And, of course, as has almost always been the case, women can expect to outlive men every single time.

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Over the years, I have engaged in considerable deep thought about (among other things): Our place in the universe, ancient civilizations, human migrations, international conflicts, local and world economics, ozone depletion, the human genome, cloning, pollution, racism, local and world politics, population growth, life expectancy, extinctions, natural disasters, the environment, healthcare, Facebook, human relations, the space-time continuum and other aspects of relativity, as well as other factors that affect mankind's struggle to exist.

After all of that deep thought, I have arrived at this conclusion: When all is said and done, in spite of or because of what we may or may not do or think, it is just as likely as not that, for better or for worse, everything will turn out one way or another, sooner or later.


"It is well to remember that the entire population of the universe, with one trifling exception, is composed of others." (Andrew J. Holmes)

[Mikey's Funnies via Ed Peacher's Laughter for a Saturday; tiny edits by Mark Raymond - quotation found in an old Wit and Wisdom]


WISDOM for YOUR WEEK: " that you, your children and their children after them may fear the Lord your God as long as you live by keeping all his decrees and commands that I give you, and so that you may enjoy long life." (Deuteronomy 6:2)


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