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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

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    Okay, so how about those 50 year olds that are all over the news and can't market their out-of-date skill-set to feed/house/socialize themselves. Aren't they the majority?
    I don't know. I don't know anybody under retirement age that is having difficulty finding work because they're 50+, and I don't know the statistics on those who are having that difficulty.
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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by ab9924 View Post
    That is so interesting ... I would blow my head off in that situation and self-destruct, I think.
    It seems with your naive fatalistic outlook you are already halfway towards self destruction. Don't jump out of the car while the ride is still in motion (and this is a hunch here but don't judge the ride when you are still climbing the first hill either), it could very well be the only ride you are going to get.
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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by Dittohead not! View Post
    You must be very young.

    Life begins at 40. I'm about to turn 30, after having started life then. I can still do anything I could have done at the beginning of life.
    I wonder if I could get a better understanding here. In my experience, a girl in my school told me that she would never go out with a man as old as 40. So, if you are 40, how do you get a social life?

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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by ab9924 View Post
    I wonder if I could get a better understanding here. In my experience, a girl in my school told me that she would never go out with a man as old as 40. So, if you are 40, how do you get a social life?
    When we are 40 most of us would never go out with a girl that was in school so that is a non issue - she would have no place in our social life. The social life matures with you, and it gets better.. much better with age (and yes I am 40).

    When you are saying girl at school this is high school?
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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by ab9924 View Post
    I think it may beat the nursing home and the gang competition on the streets for survival.
    You're saying that rival "gangs"(groups perhaps, or whatever you want to call them) haven't fought until recently?

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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by marduc View Post
    When we are 40 most of us would never go out with a girl that was in school so that is a non issue - she would have no place in our social life. The social life matures with you, and it gets better.. much better with age (and yes I am 40).

    When you are saying girl at school this is high school?
    Yes, high school. Actually, I was not accurate enough. I know a few girls who would go out with 40 year olds, but they do that as a business only, not as a social encounter.

    But what you are saying is more interesting. How does social life get better? I assume you didn't say that because of the business aspect of it.

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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by ab9924 View Post
    What kind of infections would have the power to kill a whole man at age 25 for example? (Really curious.)
    Parasites wear a body down fast.

    Iirc, fungal infections were among the worst culprits.

    Remember when talking about thos stuff that infant mortality is usually figured in.

    That ice mummy with the axe was in his forties.

    Forty wasn't unusual for those who survived to adulthood at all.
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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by waas View Post
    You're saying that rival "gangs"(groups perhaps, or whatever you want to call them) haven't fought until recently?
    I am proposing, that when the overall number of people is fewer at an area, turf wars must be weaker too. So yes they did, but not to this level.

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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by What if...? View Post
    Parasites wear a body down fast.

    Iirc, fungal infections were among the worst culprits.

    Remember when talking about thos stuff that infant mortality is usually figured in.

    That ice mummy with the axe was in his forties.

    Forty wasn't unusual for those who survived to adulthood at all.
    So what if we propose this then, a 40 year old prehistoric guy grew to that ("old"?) age with his social surrounding's support. Today, we grow to that and older ages with dwindling government benefit support, and there is no hiding under some common family/tribal shelter.

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    Re: Are we better off than the prehistoric man?

    Quote Originally Posted by ab9924 View Post
    Yes, high school. Actually, I was not accurate enough. I know a few girls who would go out with 40 year olds, but they do that as a business only, not as a social encounter.

    But what you are saying is more interesting. How does social life get better? I assume you didn't say that because of the business aspect of it.
    No business is not "social life". Your social life is what you make of it, it is an investment in yourself (along with investing in others to accompany you whether that be for the long term or the short).

    If you continue to pursue what you enjoy doing then it does not fade, comppared to HS my social life has gotten much bettrer, and compared to my 20's it has as well, and my 30's were great, and here I am just past 40 anbd it is still great. I would not trade my current social life for the social life I had in HS for anything (and in HS your social life was all that mattered). Today I have better friends, better relationships, better sex, better travel, and still enjoy many of the same leisure activities I did when I was younger (and in some cases more often than when i was younger) - and I have a slew of activities and pursuits above and beyond my HS days that I have acquired along the way as well.

    There is no comparison to the social life of today, or the social life of the last 20 years versus that of my High school days. It has been good, and continues to be good, and somehow keeps getting better and better as I go.

    I am sure not all can say that, but as I started this post out by saying, a social life is an investment, in many cases what someone wants or expects from their social life changes. and often they invest in other areas.. for example children can easily become the focal point of their parents and they then choose to sacrifice their social life to invest their time and energies to their children. Some lose sight of their social lives and toss it away chasing a dollar or a career. Many people do continue to balance their lives and continue to have a very rich and very rewarding social life though. From my experience incomparably better than what I thought was a "social life" in HS.
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