The Tragic Misconstruction of the Human Life Cycle

Modern humans have somehow come to believe that the human life cycle stops in young adulthood. Choosing to forego the critical step of procreation — and spending almost all their resources trying to maintain themselves at the young adult stage of life — later generations of humans have taken a tragic turn toward species irrelevance and extinction.

Animal Life Cycles

We are familiar with the life cycles of animals: a passage through a series of metamorphoses, culminating in the adult breeding form which usually dies soon after procreating.

Humans are mammals, one of a small minority of animals that give birth to live young who possess the general form at birth that they will display — with important modifications — throughout their life spans.

Modern human generations consider the young adult human as the culmination of the human life cycle, with everything going downhill as soon as sagging and wrinkling set in. Human commerce, medicine, and much of science has been turned to the quest of suspending the human life cycle at the stage of the young adult. The sperm and the egg are typically thwarted in their millions-year quest to fuse. Letting those two get together is felt by the modern young to be the quickest path to rapid aging. A girl has to think about her appearance, and a guy hasn’t got time for a family.

All of modern society — from university to entertainment to advertising to commerce to medicine, and so on — are focused on riding the idea of everlasting youth to the bitter end.

Allocations of Resources

The global Cosmetic market was 460 billion USD in 2014 and is estimated to reach 675 billion USD by 2020 growing at a rate of 6.4%. Of the cosmetic products, Skin care has the highest market share while Oral Cosmetics would be the fasted growing market during the forecasted period. __

Then there is cosmetic surgery, a growing enterprise, offering a promise of extended youth for those who can pay.

The global cosmetic surgery and procedure market is expected to reach USD 43.9 billion by 2025, according to a new report by Grand View Research, Inc. Technological developments, growing use of social media, and increasing disposable income are some of the factors likely to drive the market during the forecast period. __

The use of hormones in an attempt to reverse aging generates incomes of $50 billion a year or more. The overall market for anti-aging supplements in general may be closer to ten times that much, and growing.

Many people have plenty of disposable income, so they are welcome to spend their money in pursuit of an ultimately futile quest. But does this fixation on eternal youth have anything to do with human potential, with a meaningful human life cycle?

US Temples of Mindless Youth Consume Over Half a $Trillion per Year

Back in the 2010-2011 school year US students paid universities almost $400 billion. Since then, tuitions and other expenses have risen exponentially, so that an estimate of $500 billion just for student expenditures is reasonable.

Spending by the institutions themselves was estimated to be in excess of $500 billion in the 2014-2015 year:

In academic year 2014–15, postsecondary institutions in the United States spent $536 billion (in current dollars). Total expenses were $336 billion at public institutions, $182 billion at private nonprofit institutions, and $18 billion at private for-profit institutions. Some data may not be comparable across institutions by control categories (i.e., public, private nonprofit, and private for-profit) because of differences in accounting standards. __

If one considers all money spent on the universities by government, students, business, etc., the amount likely exceeds $1 trillion per year. That is a lot of money just to provide young people a 6 year escape from reality in celebration of ignorant youth, with no guarantee of a meaningful career or occupation — but a significant possibility of lifetime debt.

Popular Culture Dotes on Mindless Youth

And so we see that a blind focus on the empty-minded energy of youth by large segments of society has led to a massive misallocation of time, money, and mental energy. By channeling a large bulk of its resources in shoring up an ultimately futile fantasy, society in its misconstructed and decadent view of the human life cycle is hastening its own overthrow.

How can people be happy when they are fixated on maintaining the appearance and “experience” of youth, or are always looking back in regret at their lost youthfulness?

Take the NFL … Please!

The NFL is a shrine to youthful excess and a brainless devotion to brutality. The league destroys the bodies and brains of its young men, while being ever on the campus prowl for new recruits. It values youth and vitality, which it proceeds to chew up in its grinder for the amusement of fans and the profits of the league, media outlets, purveyors of alcoholic beverages and junk food, and gambling enterprises of various sorts.

Building a Better Construction of the Human Lifespan

If young adulthood were meant to be the culmination of the human lifespan, humans would certainly die off around the age of thirty, rather than wasting away as thirty-somethings, forty-somethings, and whatever-somethings. A bit of reflection should reveal to any thoughtful person that humans are much more than their physical bodies and their hedonistic experiences. The human brain is in fact the most salient aspect of homo sapiens — and the reason why he has survived and risen to dominate all other species of animals.

A better construction of the human lifespan would focus on the human mind and brain, placing the body and its experiences into vital roles as adjuncts, tools, and manifestations of the underlying mind. The mind includes reason, emotion, character, personality, the sum total of skills and habits, and the knowledge — dynamic, explicit, and implicit — that roils around inside the human brain.

All of these things evolve over time. During the years of young adulthood the mind/brain aspects of humans are barely reaching maturity, and just now growing ready to understand the world — and to make use of this understanding. If these young brains have been diverted onto a side track of indoctrination — as happens too often in modern universities — their ability to see the world clearly from various viewpoints is impaired, sometimes destroyed for life.

Society’s fixation on an empty-minded hedonistic youthfulness combined with the neglect of mental development and expansion, is a slippery downhill street that ends in a blind alley for the species as a whole.

Here at the Al Fin Institutes, we recommend that you take the Dangerous road, instead. It is a much more difficult path, but it is open-ended.

We will eventually see authentic means of useful life extension, cognitive enhancement, and genuine technologies/products/systems that lead to augmented experience. But try not to get sidetracked on today’s vacuous misconstructions. That would be a terrible waste.

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