I’ve been thinking (and writing) about the denial of aging recently.
The most pervasive response to the Iron Law of aging is hidden in plain sight. Denialism offers us the comforting illusion that a person can become (perhaps with a little extra help) immune to aging. In its most innocent forms, this is a gentle exercise in self-consolation. No one enjoys confronting the personal reality of aging. No one wants to appear tired or careworn. We all take steps to look and act a little younger than we really are. This is normal. Extreme appearance-based and performance-based patterns of age denial are not normal. These Denialists desire something that is unprecedented in human history. They believe (contrary to all evidence) that it is possible not just to stop aging but to also reverse its flow and, thus, to grow young again.
Da Nile— It’s not just a river in Egypt!