weekly blog--one for the ages
Lifespan is the length of life for an organism; Health span are the years you live in relatively good health. The same can be said for democracies like the United States, which under the present administration seems to be succumbing to the chronic diseases of aging.
So how do democracies perish? Some thoughts based on an essay of the same name by Stephen Holmes, a New York University law professor.
The lingering question now is what you do with a patient that has reached the end of its health span. In human terms, consider selectively destroying senescent cells in old tissues to eliminate a range of age-related diseases, or a next-generation form of CRISPR genome-editing to repair a diseased organ. In spiritual terms, consider reincarnation--starting a new life in a new form.
In practical terms, simply understand what we are up against and appreciate democracy’s ability to replenish society’s sense of future possibility.