I came across this on Facebook:
It was the very first line that I noticed. I think there was pretty much the same life expectancy in the UK, where male life expectancy is now 79 years.
That’s a 75% increase in life expectancy inside a single century. It’s not far off a doubling of life expectancy.
It’s truly astonishing.
So why do we suddenly have all these health zealots trying to increase life expectancy when it’s already been nearly doubled without them? After all, it’s only in the last 10 to 20 years that these zealots have been busy telling everybody to stop smoking, stop drinking, stop eating fat/sugar/salt.
Why are people so worried about health when life expectancy has just nearly doubled? It would make sense if they were worried because life expectancy had just halved. But it didn’t. It nearly doubled.
If life expectancy nearly doubled without any of the zealots’ belated interventions, doesn’t that suggest that we were doing something right for the 80 years before they showed up?
Shouldn’t we use the past 100 years as a shining example of how people ought to live, and encourage everyone to follow their example? And smoke and drink and eat steaks and chips and sugar and salt and butter and full cream milk and chocolate sponge cakes? And ride motorbikes without helmets, and drive cars without seatbelts?
We all ought to be delighted that we’re living so much longer, rather than fretting about whether we might not live to 90.