Jesse Anson Dawn, age 53, author of the national award-winning book, Never "Old", speaks out about a most stirring subject: how and why we age.
Presently answering the Question: "Why do people look for simple, cut-and-dry answers for everything, even rejuvenation? "
I must continually emphasize that learning to grow younger is a gradual process, just as aging is gradual, realizing that no simple, quick-fix solutions for this problem exist. For just as stated in Never "Old", if life were truly meant to be simple with a lot of simple answers, then this world would simply be a few croaking frogs in a pond and that would be it. But obviously simplicity is not the master plan, and the universe is so vastly complicated that we can't even figure out how massive it really is. Alas, if anything, the Rejuvenation Revolution is a multifaceted, INTERPLANETARY revolution, with the struggle against unwanted decay being something which may affect all forms of life everywhere.
But if you can bear with me, you just might find a major piece of that Puzzle of Puzzles solved right here on earth. Just as long as you don't fall prey to the well-programmed desire to be overly competitive, and thus feel the urge to try and compete with what I have to say - sacrificing the benefits of learning to play a useless game of reader/writer tug-of-war.
Or maybe you've gotten into the controversial habit of "speed-reading", breezing through material so fast that you might get a speeding ticket at the library. But about such practices, I wonder if "speed-readers" forfeit the joy of tasting and savoring a good meal, missing the flavor of the literary maraschino cherries which can make reading a pleasurable and enlightening process.
Reading has always helped me the most when I savor the best works and read them undauntedly, not put off by the arguable parts so my mind remains open enough to absorb what is potentially beneficial, because for me worthwhile literature can only do one of two things: either age or heal me.
"Do you mind aging?" Shirley MacLaine asked perennial movie-saver Jack Nicholson in a scene from The Evening Star. And Jack replied, "No, because I've done it so well." Although how "well" he's done it could also be a matter of opinion, toupees, lighting and makeup - not withstanding Mr. Nicholson's brilliant expertise as an actor. But considering how the human mind works, so interconnected with perception, ol' Jack may have taken a few years off his looks just by making that statement, seemingly a healthy statement to make, despite any stigmas of "ego" or "vanity".
Ug, all the stigmas about the "e" and "v" words (ego" and "vanity", such sorely misjudged concepts. But I tend to think of "ego" and "vanity" as what Caribbean philosophy calls "I"nity (or what I call "You"nity) a unit of dignity, a respect and caring for the "I" - something that keeps us from plunging headlong into the rabbithole of runaway decay. Anyhowl, by the looks of the (recent and accurate) photo of me that came with this article, apparently I am aging fairly "well" myself, and if I'm not, then what in blazes am I doing writing volumes about rejuvenation? I mean, nothing is more of an unfunny joke than so-called "anti-aging" material written by someone who looks so close to their numerical age that they fail even to look the part. Yet I've seen such books around and have even seen them become best-sellers. Something like the pudgy, barely over 5-foot actor Danny Devito peddling theories about how to play basketball. But of course "names" can make us blind, and even a Devito basketball book might still sell big, even if it's serious - although would it help anyone to skillfully learn the sport?
Or how about Dr. Stuart Berger, the one who wrote the 1989 "anti-aging" best-seller Forever Young, only to die of a heart attack at 40! Sadly, Dr. Berger (who died looking great for 40) misplaced a piece of the forever young" puzzle, whereby he only theorized "rejuvenation" without putting it all together. And so goes his Forever Young book, onto the shelf marked (Huh?). But as for putting the REAL thing together, my deadline has arrived for getting this piece of it out again to the public (taking care not to trip over my so-called "ego" on the way to the post office). So for now, dear reader, this is your humble servant Jesse saying, until we talk again, happy holiday journeys, and oh yes - happy rejuvenating!
For the whole "anti-aging" story, Jesse Dawn's 258-page book, Never "Old" (nominated for a Pulitzer Prize and winner of the National Association of Independent Publishers Award for Content) can be quickly received by charge card. Simply call World Changing Books at their toll-free number 1 (800) RENEW-22 (736-3922) or send a check for $11.95 (includes book, first- class postage and handling) made out to World Changing Books and sent to P.O. Box 5491, Hilo, HI 96720.
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