Uncommon Sense

October 15, 2021

Living the Good Life

Filed under: Culture — Steve Ruis @ 12:10 pm
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If your lifespan could be increased 30%, 40% or maybe even 50%, what would you do with that “extra” time? Think about this, please . . . really. Most people claim that they didn’t do X, Y, or Z because “they didn’t have the time,” so what would you do that you haven’t yet done or even planned to do?

Thought about that? Yes?

Okay, now consider the fact that during the twentieth century life expectancy at birth increased from 48 to 74 years for men, a 54% increase, and from 51 to almost 80 years, a 57% increase, for women. So, you have that 50% increase in life expectancy, which brings with it 50% more time to do anything and everything you ever wanted to. So, have you done that much more than your grandparents?

Or has that extra time sucked into Facebook and Instagram, binge watching cable TV, or what (blog posting!)? Have you written that novel? Have you helped all of those kids? Have you?

If you haven’t, please allow this message to convince you that it wasn’t because you didn’t or won’t have the time. It is simply because you didn’t do it; you did something else instead.

Being honest with yourself is the foundation stone of being honest with others. And it has the advantage is that no one else needs to know how your considerations came out.

I gotta get back to writing my novel, but first. . . .


  1. I’d start smoking again if someone threatened to make my life longer.

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    Comment by The Pink Agendist — October 15, 2021 @ 1:40 pm | Reply

    • Dear The Pink Agendist,
      HaHa! In any case, there are other easier ways to shorten one’s life than smoking.

      Dear Steve,
      Citing life expectancies at birth for the purpose of comparisons or for making certain claims can be highly problematic and misleading, and is a very common mistake committed by folks who are ignorant of or unfamiliar with demography. I have no time to elaborate the details, but will supply a few links, selected on the basis that they are presented in a way that is understandable by most general readers.

      Here’s one from BBC:


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      Comment by SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ — October 15, 2021 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

      • I am well-aware of the life expectancy at birth problems. Basically the longer you live the longer you will live. But I wanted to keep my argument simple. And if our lives were not, on average 50% longer and were only 34.7% longer, the argument is still valid. Respect for my readers is occasionally writing on subjects than don’t make their eyes glaze over.

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        Comment by Steve Ruis — October 16, 2021 @ 11:33 am | Reply

        • Dear Steve,

          Regardless of whether you are aware of the said issue that I brought up, and whether some readers’ eyes will indeed glaze over (even if you have somehow overestimated or underestimated their intelligence and/or their willingness to learn) if you were to mention the issue, citing life expectancies at birth for the purpose of comparisons or for making certain claims remains highly problematic and misleading, since it is perpetuating a common fallacy, not to mention that many folks in the past did live to a ripe old age. Moreover, the central argument of your post does not really require or depend on stating or comparing life expectancies. You could have just simply stated that if any one of us could live 50% longer (or indeed 75%, 100% or even more), then what we would (intend to) do with our extra time on Earth.

          Yours sincerely,


          Comment by SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ — October 16, 2021 @ 2:45 pm | Reply

    • One more:


      There are more out there, plus academic ones. Please enjoy!

      Happy mid-October to all of you!

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      Comment by SoundEagle 🦅ೋღஜஇ — October 15, 2021 @ 4:49 pm | Reply

    • So, you could have more emphysema during your Golden Years? Please don’t. I like having you around.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — October 16, 2021 @ 11:31 am | Reply

  2. Well, let’s see, what would I do? Probably the same things I’m doing now. In the last few years I took up bicycling and put on about 700 – 800 miles a year, got more involved in photography and am dabbling in video, taught myself to use a lathe and make bowls and “art” objects, do resin casting, build my own antennas for amateur radio (although learning morse code is still a thorn in my side), dabble in making stuff out of wood, gardening and growing a lot of our own vegetables, making and canning sauces and other foods we grow, built an office/electronics lab for myself in the basement, helped fund a research project monitoring effects of climate change on small inland lakes, I’m writing a beginner’s guide to using resin for woodturners… Give me another 50% on my lifespan and I’ll find something to do and have a hell of a lot of fun doing it 🙂

    I also don’t watch commercial television, am not on facebooger, twitter, instagram or any of that nonsense. Dear lord what a waste of time. I have way too much fun in the real world to want to bother with that nonsense. I have to admit I am a bit addicted to Chinese television, especially romantic comedies and costume dramas, though.

    Oh, and I’m working on a novel as well. Holy cow it’s bad! Imagine the most ridiculous, over the top space opera right out of the 1930s or 40s, with a dollop of sex, weird science, 10,000 year old intelligent space ships and did I mention sex? I figure if I ever get it done it will be in the top ten for the World’s Worst Novel. Probably in the top five, considering what I wrote the other day. Give me another 50 years or so and I’ll probably even finish it.

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    Comment by grouchyfarmer — October 15, 2021 @ 10:53 pm | Reply

    • Whoa, I get tired just reading about all of your activities. You are someone well worth providing extra life time. What we need is the technology to suck the life force out of heinous criminals, anti-maskers and other wastes of skin and inject it into those who will do something with it. You be on my list (for the latter, not the former).


      Comment by Steve Ruis — October 16, 2021 @ 11:36 am | Reply

  3. Gah, I feel attacked. For some reason, my time gets sucked into the danged world that is social media and the internet. I need to cut down on that, because all that time could be better spent on writing my book. Anyway, thanks for this reminder!

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    Comment by Stuart Danker — October 15, 2021 @ 11:41 pm | Reply

    • Social media is our generation’s emulation of Nero fiddling while Rome burned. The middle class is crumbling all around us, and democracy is foundering and we are avidly pursuing “likes.”


      Comment by Steve Ruis — October 16, 2021 @ 11:28 am | Reply

  4. It’s nice to know that my “statistical” years have increased. 😊

    I feel I’ve done and am doing the things I enjoy and isn’t that what counts? Sure, “that day” will roll around at some point, but until then, I intend to just keep plugging along.

    P.S. Outside of the blog world (and for me, even that world is limited), I’m pretty adverse to social media. I suppose it has its pluses for some, but I guess I’m not one of them.


    Comment by Nan — October 19, 2021 @ 4:20 pm | Reply

    • You and I ought to form a social media club. I abhor Facebook, Instagram, etc. It is sad that so many cannot find ways to communicate with others, or need anonimity to say what they really think.

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      Comment by Steve Ruis — October 20, 2021 @ 11:14 am | Reply

      • I think you summed up the whole “social” scene quite well with this one word … anonymity.


        Comment by Nan — October 20, 2021 @ 12:04 pm | Reply

        • I am convinced that is how overt racism made its stunning comeback. We had a social situation where in most social settings if you uttered a racist remark, you paid a price. But along came the internet, with its anonymity, and group forming abilities (of people tot spread out to meet otherwise) and here we are again.

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          Comment by Steve Ruis — October 20, 2021 @ 1:44 pm | Reply

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