In my last post, Herbal Essence and I were talking about reasons why guys our age get married. The reasons are really about oops pregnancies, desperation and loneliness, and pressure from their girlfriends and families. I realized there’s another reason to add to the list, freaking out from minor health issues. Imagine someone my age or a bit younger. He’s been healthy all his life so he hasn’t had much in the way of health problems. Then the first health problem happens. It’s not worse than say appendicitis. However, this is this man’s first experience with surgery. While it’s not a big deal as health problems go, but it’s the first health problem for this man. It’s a shock. It makes him feel his age and his eventual mortality. He might start thinking about what happens to him when he’s older and the thought of having dementia in a nursing home with no one to check up on him scares him. Out of fear he rushes to find a wife so he can have some kids who will look after him when he’s older.
Of course this can and does happen a lot to older men as well, but Herbal Essence were talking about guys our age. Whether we’re talking about guys my age or older guys, the problem is the same. A man feels his age for whatever reason and starts getting worried what will happen when he gets old. Invariably the answer involves kids to take care of you or keeps tabs on you. Because he wants to raise the kids right he has to get married (places like the Rotunda clinic in India notwithstanding). Will this work? Maybe. Maybe not. Nursing homes are filled with people who were dumped there by their kids who never check up on them. If you get divorced you will be right back where you started if you don’t have kids. If you do good luck since your now ex-wife is guaranteed to get full custody of them. If you try marrying a single mother later in life do you really think her kids are going to care about you when you get older? They will be gone. (Scott Adams is going to learn this the hard way.)
Knowing this it becomes clear that kids are no guarantee of help when you get old. Since most actions of “I’m getting old so I need to get married and have kids” are based on fear, a logical argument like the one I wrote in the paragraph above will do little good for most men. This is why anti-aging technology is important. When I talk about anti-aging technology, I’m talking about real technology, not snake oil nor stuff that makes you look younger but doesn’t stop aging (like plastic surgery). I’m talking about technology that could potentially let you live for centuries or even indefinitely with the body of a 30 year old (although I’m sure there are limits to what it can do). (Some good websites for learning for about anti-aging technology research are the Methuselah Foundation and the SENS Foundation.)
How many men are getting married now because they’re worried what will happen to them when they’re old? Quite a few I bet and that includes men who know marriage is a bad idea. Anti-aging technology removes this problem because when you get old, you’re body won’t be old. Even if it does nothing but keep you in the body of a 30 year old until you drop dead at 120, it removes the problem since you no longer have to worry about being old, frail, and having dementia.
When anti-aging technology arrives, it’s going to kill one of the last remaining reasons men have for getting married.