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Old Anima: Unique Resources for Older Adults - Jan. 30, 2022

Old Anima: Unique Resources for Older Adults
Old Anima: Unique Resources for Older Adults - Jan. 30, 2022
By George Lorenzo • Issue #22 • View online
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On Early Rising, the Old Anima Website, and Atheistic Thinking
The quote “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man [or woman] healthy, wealthy, and wise,” has been attributed to Ben Franklin, who lived from 1706 to 1790. Aristotle, who lived from 384 BC to 322 BC, is quoted as saying that the optimal time for creativity and productivity “is well before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.” Another related quote is “The early bird gets the worm.” These quotes please me because I am an early-to-bed (usually by 7 pm at latest) and early riser (usually by 1 am), and I can tell you that from 1 am until around 4 or 5 am is the period of my day in which I am most creative and productive.
The pandemic and the Internet have made this sleeping cycle easier to maintain. I realized a long time ago that I can typically get the equivalent of about eight hours of solid work completed in the extreme quiet of those three or four early-morning hours. Hence, I strongly suggest that if you are an extremely busy worker bee, consider trying this type of scheduling if your job allows it.
The only downside is that if you have a meeting slated for 2 pm, 3 pm, or later, you won’t be at your sharpest cognitive levels because in that time slot would be the equivalent of a 9 pm, 10 pm, or later meeting if you started your day at 1 am. In short, the early-to-bed/early-to-rise routine obviously puts you out of sync with the rest of our working society.
No More Ed Picks or Posting to Old Anima Site
You may have noticed that I have gotten away from listing a bunch of editor’s picks of stories related to growing old. It seems that people are not interested in these articles. I think, perhaps, that most older adults don’t read much as they used to during their younger years. I’ve noticed that with all the essays I have published on Old Anima as well. I feel the essays on the site are still darn good – which is unusual because typically after reading something I wrote a few years back, I mostly feel they now suck – I don’t feel that way with Old Anima essays. Whenever I reread them, I still believe they are very good. But visitors to the Old Anima site are extremely low – in the single digits on a daily basis and oftentimes zero. So, I am no longer posting new stuff to Old Anima – although the site will stay live.
Anything I write about aging will appear here in this intermittent newsletter which has 135 loyal subscribers.
So, what’s recently been occupying my thoughts on aging?
Increasing Your Spiritual Intelligence
Beyond the obvious eat right and get regular exercise, how do I keep mentally satisfied with life during my 68th year? By increasing my “spiritual intelligence,” a term I picked up after reading Michael Guillen’s A Physicist Explains How Science Shattered His Atheism and Revealed the Necessity of Faith.
“For instance, after decades of trying, no one has been able to come up with a workable experiment that can detect the existence of multiple universes, and it’s not very likely anyone ever will,” Guillen writes.
Moreover, “we’ve discovered another oddity about the heavens that is also totally invisible: dark energy. From what we can tell (which is precious little), it behaves like a repulsive force that causes the universe to balloon out at an accelerating speed. And get this: Together, dark matter and dark energy seem to constitute 95 percent of the entire universe. That’s right, scientists now believe that 95 percent of the universe is invisible to us.”
In addition, “According to paleoanthropologists and other scientists, we Homo sapiens—anatomically and behaviorally modern humans—appeared on Earth suddenly, not gradually. Prehistoric fossil and genetic records are ambiguous, but they indicate we happened onto the scene less than 100,000 years ago—like yesterday, given that science estimates Earth to be more than four billion years old. What’s more, we humans burst onto the stage bundled with a cluster of behaviors never before seen on Earth.”
Such contemplations have caused the atheist way of thinking that Guillen practiced for decades to change to a different way of thinking that is a complementary combination of spiritual/faith-based and scientific/fact-based science. “After all, one of the unique traits of our species is our spirituality: our religious art, literature, and music; our belief in supernatural deities and an afterlife; our habit of burying our dead with great ceremony; and our powerful religious passions, which routinely erupt in ways both heavenly and hellish.”
In short, there’s plenty of unsolvable scientific experiments that cannot tell us how and why we are here and where our consciousness comes from - and to discredit aspects of spirituality and religion, such as creationism, reincarnation, life after death, divine intervention, destiny, the Holy Spirit, Jesus, and much more, is to discredit a great deal of humankind’s history.   
“Over the past century, modern physics hasn’t demystified the world—not by a long shot. Instead, it has increased by orders of magnitude our awareness of the universe’s deep, jaw-dropping mysteries. Even some honest-minded Atheists admit it,” Guillen writes. “You should care about faith because everything in your life depends on it. Everything. Your decisions, your relationships, your contentment: Every aspect of your being, right down to the functioning of your brain cells.”
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George Lorenzo

The word "Anima" has a variety of definitions. Here it simply means “soul,” or one’s individuality, or one’s inner essence. An old soul has a finely tuned compassionate, tolerant, and magnanimous nature. Old Anima provides information, in a variety of forms, that can be helpful for older adults (and young souls, too), by drawing mostly from humanity’s stock of wise philosophers and scientists.

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