The reason most people don’t have the same youthful energy when they’re older is because they don’t take care of their body and mind.
They get stuck in a fixed, non-fluid way of thinking and functioning within the world - having a less flexible mind, and being in less dynamic life circumstances - the opposite state of childhood innocence, exploration, creativity and play.
I don’t drink. I did in my late teens, early 20s - though not that often, and not usually binging (all night). I have painful memories of being shit-face drunk and laying on the ground throwing up - a few of those - enough of them, along with the other medium-term negative effects from alcohol that every last time I drank it became blatantly obvious how terrible it is. Most people condition their bodies though, and their brain and mind, and develop coping mechanisms around how alcohol affects them - including thinking and thought patterns.
Alcohol is a depressant, and long-term - even short-term use (much like marijuana) - will start to alter how you think, feel, behave. The more sensitive you are (neural networks, if you’re more creative then you have less redundancy in networks so patterns are less strongly reenforced - allowing for more loosely based connections equating to more diverse, creative, connections and patterns); Also meaning it takes more time to learn basic worldly constructs, mimicked through pattern reenforcement in the brain - so the more sensitive, the more easily influenced by the environment, the more harm that can come to bring you into fear of survival mode, the more work it takes to learn the nuances of this and the world.
The majority of society currently hurts themselves more and more as life stress - fear of survival-relating implications - hit them, which comes closer to becoming independent - usually around adult age.
Self-medicating is the biggest issue. Alcohol (poison), coffee (carcinogen and dependancy, not mastering your own energies), lack of maintenance (physical, mental, emotional), etc. contribute to this and all compound on eachother, amplifying their negative impact.
The longer you use these to ‘get through’ or ‘push through’ stressful situations, to “help” you suppress or repress experiences and memories and feelings and stresses deeper and deeper - the less-well your body will function, the more dependant, the more unraveling and more self-personal work towards self-awareness you’ll have to work through.
Not getting far off neutral or always facilitating people and fostering an environment where people are leading towards the positive side would then make the most sense - from childhood onward - realizing prevention and proactivity costing the least (resources and time wise), and . If the proper mechanisms and systems were in place this process would accelerate very quickly, and during a time of healing resources and costs would be higher - though then once a society has a higher baseline health then more time and resources can be used towards massive technology, innovation, advancement and improvements.
I’m healthier than I ever have been in my life right now - and I have more room to improve. I am 30 years old. I’d love to live to 100 or 120, I think it’s possible minus the risks of political environment, and uncontrollable exposure to pollutants.
The body is finnicky and we have a lot of learning to do, nuanced self-awareness to develop. Many people are so busy trying to figure out the complexity of life, and their thinking patterns, emotional patterns - that many get stuck in their heads, and never even fully connect to their body.
We’ve only had our body for the first time, most of us don’t know how to take care of them, ourselves - or more accurately the problem currently - where something that Albert Wenger mentioned as recently as yesterday - Russell Brand And The Revolution - is we are in survival mode, and not being provided the tools we need to take care of ourselves, to gain and maintain our health. Instead we are set into fight and flight mode - based on fear - because this system is fostered by the current systems that have taken hold and are able to perpetuate themselves with using profits to lobby and support those they want to give them the biggest voice amongst an under-educated, under-engaged, distracted and fear-filled society.
Basic Income Guarantee - as Albert mentions too - is an umbrella piece needed - though there are underlaying system structures that need changes in order for the maximum impact to occur from everyone receiving a basic income - otherwise those systems will immediately react and take advantage of the money made available - which then helps perpetuate the existing negative systems, the systems that have lead to quality of life of people having pressures continuously put on them, lowered - and then the positive cycles and amplification that would occur will then not occur. The benefit then will look and feel puny and pathetic, and those who have caused friction throughout the process will have easy fodder. The problem arises when you’re needing to disrupt trillion-dollar industries, and whereby those industries have been facilitating certain systems that require management - and when the systems to replace them don’t currently exist or aren’t fully realized or organized, and so not ready for facilitating the transition.
I want to share what Russell Brand so amazingly articulated - this quote is what Albert shared on Continuations yesterday as well -
”Fear and desire are the twin engines of human survival but with most of our basic needs met these instincts are being engaged to imprison us in an obsolete fragment of our consciousness. Our materialistic consumer culture relentlessly stimulates our desire. Our media ceaselessly engages our fear […]”
If everyone is in the service of everyone else, then everyone is very well taken care of; It’s a simple concept, easy for everyone to imagine and get excited about.