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

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
Print Book, English, 1998
Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston, 1998
272 pages ; 24 cm
9780395856994, 039585699X
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