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  •  More sex. (6+ / 0-)

    Ok, I'm only halfway joking.  But (safe) sex is the basically the cheapest form of entertainment there is, which, if you're poor, means you spend get quality entertainment without much in the way of cost, and if you're well off, frees up a lot of cash that otherwise might go into 'toys' - electronics and other things to entertain you in non-productive ways.

    Presumably or hopefully, you're also doing it with someone you love, or at least care for, which bleeds over into the 'express your emotions' and 'be happier'.  and, because it's cheap entertainment, lets you work less to boot.

    Beyond that, I'm surprised that 'accomplished something of enduring value' wasn't on there.  Writing a symphony, creating a sculpture, doing something to advance mankind, something that endures beyond self, beyond progeny.  Sure you've got the Ozymandias issue to deal with, but you might as well try.

    I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desart. Near them, on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
    And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    "My name is Ozymandias, king of kings:
    Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away.

    Ozymandias by Percy Shelley

    •  I'm reminded of this story (NSFW!!!) (6+ / 0-)

      Four old men were sitting at a retirement home in the mid 1980s.   They were clinging glasses together and laughing like hyenas.  

      Everytime someone would talk over to them, they would get really quiet.  

      Then, people would talk away, they would go back to eating and soon the laughter would get loud and boisterous.

      Finally, someone walked over to them, (I can't remember this person's name) and sat for a bit and talked to them.  The laughing got loud again.  Now people were laughing so hard it could clear the room.

      Finally, I walked over and sat down.  I asked what was so funny, and finally I got the story, one of the men there was recounting a tale of how he had contracted some sort of STD during WWII after being shot somewhere in Europe.  I can't remember more details than that.

      Anyway, the story was unbelievably graphic, pornographic, outrageously funny, etc.   Since his wife was also in the retirement community, I asked if his wife knew.  He said: OF COURSE she knows!  They'd been married for decades, and they weren't married when he was in the war, for Christ sake.  He thought he was going to die!

      Someone else said: she ever worry that you're thinking of her when you're with her?   And he snapped back (now this is long before Viagra existed): "She better be glad I can remember her, I don't know what kind of sex life we'd have now if I couldn't remember the way that girl looked at 22!"

      Everyone laughed their damn asses off.  

      The reality is, like I said above, we may dismiss it, but I've been around way too many elderly people to think it's not a factor.  You think they don't remember or talk about sex ?   You could not be more wrong in the world.  That's the way kids want to think of their parents, as though they are sexless beings who just contemplate their existence.

      Trust me, when I'm 70, I'm hoping I can still remember my wedding night.  And I don't mean just the cake and the food.

      Gandhi's Seven Sins: Wealth without work; Pleasure without conscience; Knowledge without character; Commerce without morality; Science without humanity; Worship without sacrifice; Politics without principle

      by Chris Reeves on Wed Dec 26, 2012 at 04:37:15 PM PST

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    •  Sex is a big component. (1+ / 0-)
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      I could live without it. I'm glad I don't need to.

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