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America the wise : the longevity revolution and the true wealth of nations

Author: Theodore Roszak
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 1998.
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Far from being an unaffordable burden, Roszak argues, longevity is the true wealth of nations. He envisions the ability to prolong productive and fulfilling lives as a paramount historical achievement rather than a recipe for fiscal disaster. The longevity revolution will force Americans to rethink their attitudes toward death and life, competition and cooperation, wealth and well-being. America the Wise is the  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Roszak, Theodore, 1933-
America the wise.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Co., 1998
(OCoLC)654379581
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Theodore Roszak
ISBN: 039585699X 9780395856994
OCLC Number: 39033405
Description: 272 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The longevity revolution --
Discovering a new people --
The third millennium blues --
Entitlements and the ethics of affordability --
The ecology of wisdom --
The compassionate economy --
The senior follies --
Maturity and the media --
The planned obsolescence of elders --
Longevity and gender --
The disease called aging, the mistake called death --
The future of death --
Powers of the mind --
Rites of passage --
The survival of the gentlest.
Responsibility: Theodore Roszak.
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Far from being an unaffordable burden, Roszak argues, longevity is the true wealth of nations. He envisions the ability to prolong productive and fulfilling lives as a paramount historical achievement rather than a recipe for fiscal disaster. The longevity revolution will force Americans to rethink their attitudes toward death and life, competition and cooperation, wealth and well-being. America the Wise is the first book to offer a comprehensive examination of our changing demographic patterns and to find in them the seeds of a new society based not on the survival of the fittest but on wisdom, compassion, and the survival of the gentlest. Its predictions will ignite a nationwide debate that promises to transform our most fundamental ethical and cultural values as well as our economic and political priorities.

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