Have you ever heard of Margareta Magnusson? Probably not. But she is attracting a fair amount of attention right now because of the publication of a new book: The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning. She admits to being north of 80, and so presumably the prospect of her passing from this earth is a little more on her mind these days. The Swedes even have a name for this phenomenon—they call it döstädning. The idea is that you do... Read More
You should study your Bible.
You should exercise.
You should go to church.
You should donate money to a charity.
You should go out with your friends.
You should volunteer more.
You should pray with your spouse.
You should join this committee.
You should spend more time with the kids.
Should. Should. Should.
I feel like I should myself to death.
Does should bother you too?
Should makes me wonder how I can possibly add one more thing to my... Read More
Silicon Valley may soon need to be renamed to Immortal Alley. Last week, Dr. Joon Yun—an interesting combination of radiologist and hedge fund manager—announced the Palo Alto Longevity Prize. Offering a $1 million carrot from his personal wealth, he introduced The Prize by saying, “I feel it’s inevitable that we’re going to solve aging.”
Within one day, teams worldwide were signing up for the race to hack the aging code. Stanford professor James Doty suggested that—through science and technology—people will... Read More
It seems to me that people in centuries past were much more familiar with death up close and personal than we are today. Citizens of Rome watched both animals and people killed before their very eyes. Public crucifixions and other forms of public executions were commonplace. Since there were few if any hospitals, people died in their homes; and everybody, young and old, was in close contact with the dying process. Warfare brings dying close to a civilian population, but... Read More
One of my kids had borrowed a stack of CDs from a friend to listen to. I asked if I could have a look and see what the millennials were listening to these days. I was impressed by the musicianship—gosh, I wish I could play guitar like those guys. But I was saddened by the recurring theme of blood and death. There is a culture of death in today’s music, which means that there is a culture of death in... Read More