WEIGHTLINE 058: 87Kg
How many years should humans live? We certainly live far longer than even our recent ancestors. Is it because of our diet? Or simply that we have got better at combatting disease? Or perhaps we live far more comfortable lives so our bodies are not put under too much strain? Whatever it is, we live longer, but some far longer than others.
So why do some bloodlines regularly live to well over 100, whereas others cannot make it much past 70? Is it just DNA, or does diet have something to do with it? Common sense would say that it is primarily our DNA that determines how long our 'engines' will run for, but equally, if treated with care, it must be possible to extend the expected time a bit. Just like a car designed to do 200,000 Kms can easily surpass that if never stressed & properly maintained. I don't believe we can conquer our pre-determined lifespan by decades, but I do think that if we look after our bodies, they will last longer than possibly expected and be much more reliable getting there. So, I am changing my diet, not because I want to live longer, but I want the time that I have to be as active and trouble-free as possible. Don't you?
In Maori cosmology, Tane is the son of Ranginui the Sky Father and Papatuanuku the Earth Mother. Tane tore his parents apart to bring light, space and air and allowing life to flourish. Tane is the life giver; all living creatures are his children. Tane Mahuta, the Lord of the Forest is the largest living kauri tree in New Zealand. In around 2000 years it has grown to over 50 metres, with a girth of nearly 14 metres. But the roots of Kauri trees are shallow & delicate, so it has survived against the odds. Living in the Waipoua Forest on the Western coast north of Dargaville, this majestic tree stands as a testament to the preciousness of life. If you haven't visited it, you should take a trip, it's worth it.
Life needs sustenance, just like an engine needs oil. Depending on the quality of the oil, parts may need replacing early or may last longer than expected. Depending on the overall care, the engine may break down early, or be nurtured well past its due date. Tane Mahuta has been nurtured & although I personally wouldn't want to live much longer, a little bit might be good; just a little, healthily!