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Ageing (Aging)

The accumulation of changes in an organism or object over time.

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Benjamin Button & All the Hung Up on Aging

  • Jan 6, 2010
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I saw the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and it makes me think more about aging than I otherwise would have been. No, I'm not at a stage that I'm consciously thinking about aging but sometimes, a door opens somewhere and you find yourself peeping into the future.

(For those who has yet seen the movie, I urge you to see it when you get the chance. It's a unique movie with a story to tell and different perspective from looking at life and the essence of time.)




We all age… a baby, a teenage, an adult. Everyone! The truth and nothing but the truth is that no one can escape it. No $200 cream, no plastic surgery, no matter what you do, you can’t stop yourself from aging. You can only delay it, you can’t prevent it.
 
Now that we got over with the facts, let’s look at aging from a top down approach.

 
The head
As we mature, our brain ages. That’s technical, we all know that. Our brain capacities increase many folds since we were babies. We learn different languages, subject matters (science, mathematics, geography, languages, arts, literature, etc, etc); understanding others and ultimately ourselves.
 
The face
From a baby face to that of an adult, our face is what we look at most in the mirrors every morning, as soon as we woke up to the time we retire to bed every night. It is what many of us are concerned about, among many other things in life. There is no need to make a case for this by the amount of cosmetics being sold around the world every day. Yet, it’s also been known that many a times, people may come to hate that face (they present to the world) themselves. Those who felt they cannot be loved for who they are, or people who grew up thinking too much about how others see them, the face is something they feel they need to improve upon so as to please the world and themselves.
 
The body
The body carries the most important organs, the skin and the heart. The skin protects us from unwanted germs and diseases while the heart, without it, we can’t function physically and emotionally. As soon as the heart stops, we are declared dead legally. If we are not careful though, we might still be dead when we stop to feel for ourselves as well as for others. That’s why you get terms like broken hearted and heartbreaks. Also, there is heart attacks. The heart is something we can’t touch physically and yet we are touched by others through our hearts. From the bottom of the heart tells others that we feel through our hearts.
 
The legs
Our legs take us to everywhere and anywhere we’d like to go. It’s our vehicle in life and a great many things have been invented to take us further than our legs could have. For example, the car, the plane and even the spaceship! Yes, we humans are potentially greedy in some ways. We are not contented with what we’ve given. We take our steps further but that’s also what humanity so interesting and challenging. Each generation, we advanced further and further. We took our generation beyond the last and we think we are better as people. I hope we are all treading the right direction with each step and path we are taking and not to our own destruction.
 
The feet
The feet been considered dirty in many religious buildings insofar that we are required to take our shoes off before we enter the temples. That’s social culture and belief. I shall not dwell on that. Our feet is, imho, what held us up. They may be tiny but do not overlook them. Remember the phrase, leave only footprints? That’s not only what we leave in life but that’s something poetic in them that we leave to the world at large.




 

Just an intriguing thought strikes my mind… ever think of the bottom up approach?
I mean we age with usage and the more we used it, the sooner it ages. For example, we first heard of people complain about pains from the feet and proceeding upwards. Feet, then body, then the eyes and teeth (losing the effectiveness of its function). At the end of our lives, we still have our hair which we are really concerned but serve no distinctive function except for cosmetic purposes. Just a thought.


We may also think of time and aging as a linear approach or as a dynamic approach. Whatever it is we choose to believe, it is against time. And until we can understand time better (philosophically and way too complicated for me to try to define it; not to mention that I don't like to define time by mere analog or digital watches), aging is as far as I can tell, a process. A process that slips by us day by day without us realizing it. To capture this process ourselves, if you choose to do so, take pictures of yourself. I can guarantee that you will see it with your lens.

Now, to keep things light (been way too heavy lately and aging doesn't ease that either ;-)) here's something for fun. Live it well, my friend, live it well!!!




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March 13, 2010
"The truth and nothing but the truth is that no one can escape it. No $200 cream, no plastic surgery, no matter what you do, you can't stop yourself from aging." This is a great line Sharrie. Good stuff.
March 16, 2010
Thanks, Jordan! Glad that you like it! :-)
 
January 14, 2010
That's a really great review! As for myself, I guess I don't really mind aging - maybe because I am only 26! I'm loving all your unconventional reviews :) Can't find anything like this on review sites or social networks
January 14, 2010
Thank you for the compliment! That's very true, when you are at your prime & I don't even think you are there yet, you won't think much about aging, that's probably also because most of us associate aging with old age. But I'm not very conventional, so a lot of time, I think differently from others :-) I like the fact I could write almost anything & on everything, so Lunch is great for that! Glad that you enjoy yourself too!
 
January 06, 2010
Cute review, great photos. I don't agree with the minus grade, though. We all age, and I age the most graceful of all. I read a story by Bradbury where a boy stayed at 12 years of age for 40 years -- he didn't like it!  I saw the Button movie and was intrigued.  See my review!  Another movie to watch would be the story of Dorian Gray, a man who never ages but when he does wrong, his painting gets aging, not him. 
January 07, 2010
The other movie sounds interesting. I'll try to see if I can get my hands on it. Thanks, James! As with the minus grade, hehe... I'm a woman, I don't give aging a plus, lol... esp. by the amount of money I spent on cosmetics! I could of course write about all the reasons for giving it a minus as well but after the last few heavy reviews, merely wanted to keep it light ;-)
January 07, 2010
I did read your review on Benjamin Button movie.
January 07, 2010
No problem, thanks for the comments.
 
January 06, 2010
nice one. But I have to say, age is just a number; it all depends on how you look at life. Good thing I barely age LOL!
January 07, 2010
Yes, it's a good thing for you, William! I do not quite agree it's just a number, go hiking and you'll notice the difference soon enough, if not the next few days, a decade later. As for how you look at life... I'm afraid people change on that too, from one year to another, if not within months. More specifically, how you look at life depends on how healthy your body is too. After a prolong illness, you won't look at life the same as you would if you are a healthy person. Trust me on that. ;-)
 
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 Ageing (British English) or aging (American and Canadian English) is the accumulation of changes in an organism or object over time. Ageing in humans refers to a multidimensional process of physical, psychological, and social change. Some dimensions of ageing grow and expand over time, while others decline. Reaction time, for example, may slow with age, while knowledge of world events and wisdom may expand. Research shows that even late in life potential exists for physical, mental, and social growth and development. Ageing is an important part of all human societies reflecting the biological changes that occur, but also reflecting cultural and societal conventions. Age is usually measured in full years — and months for young children. A person's birthday is often an important event. Roughly 100,000 people worldwide die each day of age-related causes.

The term "ageing" is somewhat ambiguous. Distinctions may be made between "universal ageing" (age changes that all people share) and "probabilistic ageing" (age changes that may happen to some, but not all people as they grow older, such as the onset of type two diabetes). Chronological ageing, referring to how old a person is, is arguably the most straightforward definition of ageing and may be distinguished from "social ageing" (society's expectations of how people should act as they grow older) and "biological ageing" (an organism's physical state ...
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