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Friday, November 6, 2009

the long and happy life

I have a penchant for old books. I think we can learn much from them-- much beyond the specific topic matter. Case in point, this quote from "Appendix I: Health in the United States," in Geography: Commercial and Industrial (Jacques W. Redway, 1923).

In the ten years ending 1920 the expectation of life-- particularly its average duration-- has increased from 50.23 years to 53.98 years for males, and from 53.62 years to 56.33 years for females. Every view of mortality statistics shows that the simple life with its necessary activities and temperate pleasures is the long and happy life. [My emphasis]
"... the simple life with its necessary activities and temperate pleasures is the long and happy life."

What a lovely thought. Think of some prepping activities-- planting a garden, kneading bread, stacking firewood. These are hard work. In 1923 they weren't prepping activities, they were necessary activities. Think of some pleasures of prepping-- a fresh salad with a slice of buttered bread savored in front of a cozy fire. In 1923 these weren't prepping pleasures, they were temperate pleasures. They were the pay off for a hard day's work. They still are. And now, as then, they contribute to a long and happy life.

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