I wish all U.S. voters could and would read such articles as the one published March 17 in the Superior Telegram. Most U.S. citizens believe our country to be exceptional. This reported incident was tacit proof that we still have a long way to go to fulfill that expectation.
The Telegram editor may be wondering when I'll be too old to submit articles or when her readers may express a need for change. It's been a long, long trail and humor has been used frequently. I've kept a file and couldn't believe that there were 12 copies that had been retained. Humor is very important in our lives. Victor Borge said, "Laughter is the closest distance between two people." E.E. Cummings said, "The most wasted of all days is the one without laughter."
Some people believe that world population is not a problem. I am especially surprised at those in light of the world's immigration problems we are facing right now. It is caused by war, but we've always had wars too with no prediction for that to discontinue. Most of the following information on this subject, I have taken by computer: worldpopulationbalance.org. They used mainly the Executive Summary of World Population Prospects, 2004 and later revisions. Let's look at some frequently questions asked on this subject:
Forgetting is something that most people dislike. It reminds them of growing old. It even reminds them of unpleasant things that can happen to them like Alzheimer's. Not a pleasant topic to consider by any stretch of the imagination. Selecting this topic, I felt, was appropriate. I'm 92 years old and forgetting is a difficulty that has overtaken me. A number of readers who have commented on reading my articles are in the aging bracket too, even though not many at my level.
In an earlier column, I pointed out how my life has contained so many lucky bumps up. Because of space limitations, all my good luck couldn't be included. Growing old, in itself, is good luck as so many, unfortunately, don't have that good luck opportunity.
As a graduate of the University of Minnesota, I was recently asked to make some comments about the process of growing old. The university's Graduate Bulletin would have me send some thoughts in. I've had several of my Telegram articles on this subject, and it prompted me to wonder how you readers think about this growing old; many of you are doing that right now. The Bulletin provided some questions that might help with those thoughts: What do you know now that you wish you had known earlier? What does old feel like? What's the best thing?
Death is not a pleasant subject. It is a subject avoided by most people most of the time. It is not small talk when it affects us or our relatives and friends about the loss of another — a very important and solemn time. Health care professionals seem to agree on the following good examples for a good death: * Pain control and choosing the place of death. * Serenity and peace. * Presence of family and close friends. * Having the time to prepare oneself. * Staying conscious to the end. * Having control over body functions. I use Google for reference purposes often.
Have we become a throwaway society? I saw a collection of throwaway articles along our ocean and large lake shores in a recent newspaper that gave me further thoughts on this subject. It was the enormity of the stuff collected that caught more than my casual attention. As an oldster, I felt that it was primarily the youth segment of our society that was guilty of this charge. It isn't only the dream phone fires, but the continual improvement in gadgets that seem to be the curse of the day. If we can afford the newest one, even by hook or crook, we deserve to have it.
Is anything more important than attitude? My answer is no, emphatically no — a thousand times no. Two friends can receive the same message and react totally different. A fella named, Charles Swindoll, wrote a poem that I've kept to remind me how important attitude is: The longer I live, The more I realize the impact of attitude on life. Attitude to me, is more important than the past. Than education. Than money. Than circumstances. Than failures. Than success, Than what other people think, or say, or do.
In an earlier column, I pointed out how my life has contained so many lucky bumps. Because of space limitations, all my good luck couldn't be included. Growing old, in itself, is good luck as so many, unfortunately, don't have that opportunity.