For thousands of years now (with the single exception of the people mentioned in Genesis that lived hundreds of years), the average human life span has been less than forty years.
Think of it. By the time we are forty, we are just getting over ourselves. We may be still wrestling with issues from our childhood traumas. At forty, we have finally mastered a trade or profession. But if we were all to die around or before the age of forty, there would be precious little opportunity to use those developed skills and senses. As a result there would be little advancement taking place for individuals or society as a whole.
But what if the average age was over 100? From 300 to 900 like in Genesis? There would be more developed wisdom. Society would have better leaders (if those leaders were typically past forty or they had multiple advisers past forty.) We might even have less fear of death.
The present average lifespan is around seventy years. But is that good enough for the development of wisdom? Do we have enough wisdom or do we still have a tacit “conspiracy” against wisdom? Of course I am not espousing a conspiracy theory here, but it seems odd to me that a world that needs so much wisdom must continue to go on without it or the opportunity to develop it.
What would the world be like if we had the wisdom of centenarians in each household? Would we still be as selfish and childish? What would happen to our communities, our local governments, our churches and our individual thought processes? And what if we honored our elders because their experience would save us money, trial and effort?
Do you know someone over seventy that is wise and wonderful? Then you know what will be missed when they die. How could we accept this loss as “natural?” Wouldn’t we be better off if we could stop this unnecessary loss?