Reverse That Aging Process: It’s the American Thing to Do
August 9, 2011 § 1 Comment
An online coupon promising everything showed up in my email box recently. Coupons.com “daily deal” on August 6, 2011 offered “America’s #1 Anti-Aging Supplement.” For $25 I would receive a three-month supply of life-giving elixir (a $75 value).
Intrigued by the promises that I would “look and feel younger,” I read on. The product offered by the American Anti-Aging Society, Inc. would “help slow–and even reverse the aging process, and add vitality for life,” according to the advertising.
Of course the company would be called the American Anti-Aging Society. Isn’t anti-aging one of those unspoken American rights along with “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness”? Aren’t we Americans recognized immediately around the world by the blinding whiteness of our tourists’ tennis shoes and the unnatural whiteness of our bleached and flossed teeth? Aren’t we all very aware of the signs of aging in the people around us? As in: she’s really going downhill fast; or, when did he get so old? Or in an unguarded glimpse of a mirror, what’s my mother doing looking at me?
And now here’s a product that will slow down and even reverse the aging process! I can see it now. As long as I have $25 to spend I can start looking younger and younger. Just think! After a couple of years of this, and a whole lot of $25 increments, I could look 40 again! (Come to think of it, the price is probably introductory, and will jump to $75 rather quickly.)
There is nothing on earth that will reverse the aging process. We start winding down early on. I can think of a few things that will accelerate it: serving a term as president, losing all the value in your 401K on a downturn in the market, eating too much sugar and not exercising. But, if there were a product that would reverse the aging process it would be like another gold rush in the Klondike. We would have heard about it.
And as for the adding vitality bit, I think there are better ways. Luke 6:38 says, “If you give, you will receive.” Find a need and fill it, serve in a corner where you won’t be noticed, or give away your time or talent if funds are low. Learn new things, or even hang around with younger people. That way you can forget you’re old and in need of revitalization.
ⓒ Inger Logelin 2011