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Where are the meat-eating heroes with sensible shoes? - 2 months ago, 8 Nov 11:27

By: Elsie Eyakuze

We are living longer than we ever have before, if you believe what scientists have to say about human health and welfare. Yes, even us Africans who habitually bring up the rear of every measure of human health and welfare.

Which confuses me, to be honest. I mean, I am totally down with science but we’ve only been measuring African lifespans systematically for maybe a century at most?

When my elders tell me that their elders lived long and fruitful lives devoid of refined sugar, distilled spirits, cancer and depression, I believe them. I also believe that these elders of yore married at an age that would be illegal now, and thus got their reproducing out of the way nice and early. By sixty they had probably retired from the demands of agriculture/pastoralism/trade and let their kids take care of business. Did they regularly hit the century mark? Who is to say.

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