Its Not The Heat Or The Humidity...
Texas' oppressive streak of 100-plus degree weather continued today with little chance of relief on the horizon and have some people worried about the well-being of the elderly.
At least nineteen people have died in Texas during this summer's heat wave. Fifteen of the deaths have been confirmed in Dallas County.
If you are like me, your mind recoils in horror at this fact: The old and decrepit are dying by mere dozens?
Fifty years ago, a heat wave of this magnitude and duration would have claimed the lives of hundreds, perhaps thousands of shriveled-up old codgers. The streets would have been littered with their withered carcasses.
Unfortunately, this is no longer the case. By providing today's elderly with unprecedented access to air conditioning and situating them in safe, supervised retirement communities, we have thrown Mother Nature's natural-selection process completely out of sync.
Some people think air conditioning is about comfort, but in Texas, it is a matter of life or death.
Like you, I had high hopes for this summer. Like you, I am deeply disappointed in the low death toll among the elderly. But I'm not just going to throw up my hands and accept the fact that Grandmas and Grandpas aren't spontaneously combusting from coast to coast. Just because global warming has failed to keep pace with the increase in this country's septuagenarian and octogenarian population doesn't mean I have to accept this ever-worsening old folk surplus.
If the heat doesn't kill the elderly, we should.
No society can survive for long unless patriots are willing to step forward and dedicate themselves to keeping its senior population in check.
Mother Nature has done what she can to curb the elderly population. It is now up to us to pick up the slack. If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself. My Grandfather taught me that, God rest his soul.