Isn’t it weird how you can be fully aware of your dysfunctional thoughts and behaviors, yet still find it incredibly difficult to change them? You would think that once you had identified them, you could simply substitute new thoughts and behaviors.
As I wrote to a friend, “…my brain isn’t a unitary organ. Rather, it’s a bunch of modules jury-rigged together over millions of years of evolution. Different parts of my brain have different priorities and motivations. For example, my lizard brain just wants to fuck and eat candy all day.”
If only we had a drug that made it easier for your neocortex to wrestle the lizard brain to the ground.
Also, I think they should name this baby elephant “Benjamin Button”:
Doesn’t he look like an old man?
I hate it when people go on about the “beauty” of old age. Aging is decay. Yeah, you might find beauty in old age, just as you might find beauty in the mold patterns of an abandoned building. But it’s nothing to be celebrated. If 19 year-olds woke up one morning in the bodies of their 90 year old selves, most would become suicidally depressed.
Fortunately, we no longer need be resigned to aging–fight aging now!