By Bob McCauley, ND
“The loftier the building, the deeper must the foundation be laid.”
~ Thomas Kempis
Most people will shake their head at the idea of living to be 90 or 100 years old because they have only seen cooked foodists who are that age and for the most part, they are not a pretty sight. Half the people over age 85 are senile and have lost touch with reality to some degree. Most cannot walk without assistance, nor perform basic maintenance on themselves, such as bathing and caring for their own nails. Most are incontinent and need assistance when going to the bathroom. They are sacks of bones and blood, mere shadows of what they once were. When someone dies of “old age” it simply means that they had so many diseases it could not be determined which one killed them. Given these circumstances, I would not want to stay alive to that age either.
However, if I was able to still perform all those tasks, including doing most of the things I did when I was in my twenties, I would want to stay alive another day as much as anyone else. Why would anyone ever want to die at a certain age? If you believe you probably will want to die before the age of 100 simply because you have lived long enough, then why don’t you believe that at 30, 40 or any age for that matter? We are conditioned to think this way because we have our health when we are young. We feel our whole life is in front of us. It is only when we are faced with no longer being able to function normally as a human that we want to die gracefully and no longer be a burden to others. It is only when we are diseased and dilapidated that we will no longer want to live. Once we have lost our dignity, we want to give up and die because it is too humiliating to live having others care for us as they would a baby. It is humbling to have the children you once raised now care for you. Becoming a stick figure ready to be snapped into pieces by a strong gust is what you have to look forward to as a cooked foodist. However, as a raw foodist you will never decline in such a remorseful fashion unless you go back to your cooked-food ways.
We must know that just because we age does not mean we have to decline physically and mentally. Adopting this attitude is a key step forward toward Achieving Great Health. We are programmed to believe that we will be lucky to live a “long life” of 90 years, but that the last few years will be spent dying of some disease until we inevitably succumb. This lie we believe in must be wrecked. We need to abandon the preconceived notion that death by disease is involuntary and there is nothing we can do to change it. Our life will be as long and healthy as we chose it to be if we live on a Raw-food Diet and keep ourselves constantly hydrated and invigorated with daily exercise.
We do not build lofty edifices out of our bodies, but rather drive them into the ground by what we put and don’t put in them. The human body wilts before our eyes because of our cooked-food diet, lack of exercise and not having the attitude that declares I am unstoppable. Those of us who hydrate ourselves and eat raw become human towers. Our bodies are modeled and beautiful regardless of our age. We reach high to grasp and hold what our hearts most desire. We live to our full potential. We are raw foodists. Nothing can stop us from achieving our goals and we know it.