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Lucky generations and the lost generation

I am one of the luckiest generation. Too young for WW2, never had to go and kill someone on behalf of my country, or suffer the terror of someone trying to kill me. Life expectancy since I was born has risen every year by around two months. Think about it for a second – it took thousands of years to extend human life to 50 and then we are the lucky beneficiaries of decades of gains in a rush. More and more people are alive today because of lifestyle changes and new treatments. Some previously killer diseases are now curable, or at least contained. Many of our failing bits can be replaced, except for our brains. With these, we need mental exercise, and finding ways to keep that critical