|Ray on his birthday 2014|
Today is my birthday, and as might be expected, I am in a particularly reflective mood. As a gift to myself – and hopefully to you as well – I am going to attempt to clarify my current beliefs about “How the world works.” This is not an easy task because those who are actually in charge of the planet relentlessly conceal their true motivations and methods. If this subject proves intriguing to you folks out there, I will revisit it each year on my birthday.
But first, here is a short meditation on birthdays and age. Because I am zealous about staying in shape, I am often asked how old I am. My usual answer is, “I am in my Middle Years.” Although this answer sounds evasive, it actually stems from a deeper inquiry into this topic. My analysis is that there are four elements to human aging.