Getting old is not for sissies, they say, but no one explains what this means. That is like fighting the Establishment when there are things you must say but cannot, and nobody complains if you die starving in a gutter after your life is destroyed for crossing the taboo line.
The secret is not that the Establishment is nasty and should be destroyed by any means necessary, it is that you are unconsciously enforcing it on yourself without knowing it. The only way to beat the Establishment is to fight yourself so that you remove these assumptions from yourself and stop passing the infection on to the next generation.
When people get old they let things everyday practices go to seed. Maybe they stop washing dishes every day, or bathing regularly, and slack off on tending the garden as they should. And it is quite acceptable to see older people stumbling along the street with unkempt hair, wearing cast-off looking clothes, and staring vacantly around them.
Children sympathize with this state of decay and help as they can: â€œTake a load off, Dad, and let me bring you some tea.â€ They see us as halfway between life and death, like shadows of former lives. My daughter once said that we speak â€œas if we were still young.â€ To her our bodies looked older, while our minds were still â€œnormal,â€ which seemed anomalous, as if our minds should fade away with our bodies.
One retiree told me yesterday that while his wife still works, heâ€™s got to do all the house work. Compared to garden work, it is a dreadful experience for him because it never stops. Clearly older people like a little less routine stuff, so they let things â€œgo.â€ When it comes time for your 26,000th shower, you just stop caring a bit.
When you talk to older people they will admit that they want to take it â€œeasierâ€ and that priorities change. But what few talk about is their own bodies, such as hair falling out, teeth decay and inability to dance or an entire lack of sex.
Free speech is limited to what the Establishment allows, but it is also limited to what your own body allows. The difference is that older people â€œlet goâ€ of the Establishment consciously (because they canâ€™t change it anymore), but they also let go of the own bodies, by hating them subconsciously and refusing to talk about them as a result.
Despite the above, it is known that older Conservative people voted for Trump as a deliberate alternative to the Establishment, which means that Trump convinced their minds to revitalize themselves. But despite that, the subconscious of these same people will not allow them to fight the decay in their own bodies.
To truly fight the Establishment requires more than a vote, because to get the message across to their own kids and grand-kids or fellow men, who ignore their opinion precisely because they have visibly â€œlet goâ€ of life already, now requires of the old guard to revitalize their bodies. As far as minds go, these are normally quite all right and in fact have the benefit of experience.
Revitalizing the body is of course much easier said than done because there is a reason old people have been giving up on bodies for millennia. However, a short cut may be possible through this maze.
Most will remember being physically active in those younger years, e.g. when one could jump over a hedge or exercise with consummate ease. Therefore your memory will be quite wonderful and may even motivate you to start going to the gym. However, the short-cut here is that you must now internalize the mantra that you are not doing normal exercise, you are doing physical therapy.
When you engage those machines, you should not go at it full bore. Remember: your body is in therapy. The reason for therapy is the lengthening of muscles which, if therapy is successful, will strengthen those muscles and tighten them back to their earlier lengths. After that one could start normal exercises to attain oneâ€™s vanity objective that might even include a beach body.
Generally, it is a good thing to consult with a biokineticist for physical therapy. They can design exercises for specific muscles after determining which muscles have been affected, but they have also studied psychology. They can not only tell you what the physical problem is, but understand when you tell them why you dropped the ball on maintaining your body.
The important part of psychological introspection is not understanding how you let your body go, but how to stop you from pushing those exercises too hard. This means your mind wants to go full speed ahead and doesnâ€™t understand why you must take it slow, resulting in internal conflict.
You will literally fight yourself.
The conflict objective is to align your body back to what your state of mind is. Most older peopleâ€™s state of mind is quite sound, despite the younger generation ignoring their advice because they look old and this provokes empathy, not respect. Empathy is one step away from pity, and you listen politely and ignore those who are to be pitied.
To get to the point where they will see you as one of them, or perhaps a wiser version of what they are, you will have to not only align your body with your own mind, but also be able to demonstrate a younger body.
Once they accept your body, the next internal fight will be to stop yourself from talking too much. It will help if you can find that part of your own capability that translates to â€œblack magic.â€ Something you have intimate knowledge of that very few people have. For example, both my father and father in law were artisans and both told me about this black magic thing.
Both were trained by German master artisans, a job description that probably does not exist today. The master designation applies to those artisans that were able to perform in that dark area of knowledge that no scientist or engineer could determine. For example, in making steel, the intensity, temperature and color of the flame is critically important. Some artisans had the ability to inexplicably make better steel than others despite similar instrumentation used during the process.
Itâ€™s not just about technical stuff, but also connections you might have, or other abilities such as understanding The System,™ being a very good salesman or interpreting labor law.
Lastly, understanding whether you are left or right brain will help you decide whether you should follow a discipline oriented or more intuitive approach to revitalization. The black magic provided by the biokineticist will help you along the way, because after all, you want to cede your family flag to your children and allow them to remember how you really were, not just another old man stumbling aimlessly through the side streets of society.
This spirit can not only inspire your children but your fellow man. They see that life can be good and is not merely inevitable entropy that makes us ruined husks as we age. From that they see that there may be a point to revitalizing not just bodies, but civilizations. They see a way past the Establishment, and a reason to aspire to a path of sanity.
You are teaching them part of the black magic that someday, they too will wield. Time means less than your body. In the same way, years and ages may pass, but a civilization that clings to its timeless methods of excellence will rise above the decay, and revitalize itself endlessly so that it can exist in an eternal state of youth.