Something to Live For

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The second half of life has become a territory with no maps.

For men and women now moving through midlife and beyond, the path forward is uncharted. It is a journey that has never, in the course of human history, been taken on this scale and with such abandon.

Until the late twentieth century, there was no concept of midlife and beyond because most people died at a relatively young age. In 1900, average life expectancy was around 47 years, about the same as it had been since the dawn of time. Today, the average lifespan in industrialized nations hovers at 80 and above. So, for nearly ...

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