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Extreme denial — 14 Comments

  1. He outlived his four wives and all ten siblings and all his children. He enjoys smoking –  fine, but does he enjoy home-made beer or spirits?

      • So the secret yo a long happy life is to outlive other people, that can hardly be right or everyone would be at it

        • No. If one lives a long life, a major cause may be happiness; but people who live short lives may be happy too. Smoking and the odd pint of beer can be conducive to happiness, which in turn can 'conduce to' although not always result in long life. That Indonesian's happiness may also have been caused by his family life (4 wives – whether serial or concubinal is not stated – and umpteen progeny) + puffing fags and quaffing beer.

          • At the end of the day, does any of this matter?  Personally I would prefer a short happy life to a long miserable one, and am not going to do anything unpleasant just to gain me a theoretical year or two.

  2. Great ciggie-holder too.  I want one! This man has style as well as years and wisdom! 

  3. This is about not understanding (or not wanting to understand) statistics. Smokers are more likely to die early, but that does not mean that all smokers will certainly die early, or that no non-smokers will die early.

    • Welcome, Don!  Don't worry – I know about statistics and I also know how they can be twisted to give the desired result.  Statistically, there may [or may not] be a huge [or tiny] chance that smokers die younger, but that isn't the point. 

      If statistics show that some smokers may die before their allocated time [however that is supposed to be determined?] then there is a chance that the smoker will die early.  However the Puritans would have us believe that a possibility is an inevitability.  They used to say that smoking may damage your health [true] but now state categorically that smoking kills [false].  They work in a world of absolutes and any prospect of disproving their absolute must be ignored or erased.

       

  4. I've said it elsewhere but longevity is a lottery. As a professional geneticist I'm aware that some folk are protected from life's excesses and some are not, by their genetic profile. Doctors and the establishment would tell you otherwise, however they would say that, wouldn't they?  That's life folks with all its unfairness and unusual turnings. At the end of the day have some fun and spend time with folk you like and love.

    • They say if you want to live a long life, just be happy and contented.  I think I read somewhere that it can add up to ten years to an average lifespan?

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