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Discussion in 'Interfaith Dialogues' started by Humble_Gursevak, Jul 6, 2006.

  1. Humble_Gursevak

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    Nov 19, 2004
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    George Carlin's Views on Aging

    Do you realize that the only time in our lives when we like to get old is
    when we're kids? If you're less than 10 years old, you're so excited about
    aging that you think in fractions.

    "How old are you?" "I'm four and a half!" You're never thirty-six and a
    half. You're four and a half, going on five! That's the key.

    You get into your teens, now they can't hold you back. You jump to the next
    number, or even a few ahead.

    "How old are you?" "I'm gonna be 16!" You could be 13, but hey, you're
    gonna be 16! And then the greatest day of your life . . you become 21. Even
    the words sound like a ceremony . . YOU BECOME 21. YESSSS!!!

    But then you turn 30. Oooohh, what happened there? Makes you sound like bad
    milk! He TURNED; we had to throw him out. There's no fun now, you're Just a
    sour-dumpling. What's wrong? What's changed?

    You BECOME 21, you TURN 30, then you're PUSHING 40. Whoa! Put on the
    brakes, it's all slipping away. Before you know it, you REACH 50

    and your dreams are gone.

    But wait!!! You MAKE it to 60. You didn't think you would!

    So you BECOME 21, TURN 30, PUSH 40, REACH 50 and MAKE it to 60.

    You've built up so much speed that you HIT 70! After that it's a day-by-day
    thing; you HIT Wednesday!

    You get into your 80s and every day is a complete cycle; you HIT lunch; you
    TURN 4:30; you REACH bedtime. And it doesn't end there. Into the 90s, you
    start going backwards; "I Was JUST 92."

    Then a strange thing happens. If you make it over 100, you become a little
    kid again. "I'm 100 and a half!"

    May you all make it to a healthy 100 and a half!!


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  3. anders

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    Jul 13, 2004
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    Entertaining, but...

    It's a matter of percentages. For the 4.5 years old kid, it's important to be distinguished from those that are 11%younger. 36.5 is just slightly more than 1% more than 36.

    When you reach the high numbers, it's not a question of just chronology. Mother is planning her 90th birthday in October, and us kids (62 (me), 57, and 54) are planning for her 100th.

    If it were a day-by-day thingy to me, I wouldn't be planning a month in India this autumn or next spring, running around monuments and national parks and whatever, together with my (likewise) very fit make-believe daughter of 25.

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