The twilight years of life can be some of the most difficult—and rewarding—of life or ministry. But what if we were in the twilight years of aging itself?
Google has announced the launch of Calico, "a new company that will focus on health and well-being, in particular the challenge of aging and associated diseases," according to Google CEO Larry Page. Page said in a recent announcement that the company is tackling aging and illness because "these issues affect us all—from the decreased mobility and mental agility that comes with age, to life-threatening diseases that exact a terrible physical and emotional toll on individuals and families. And while this is clearly a longer-term bet, we believe we can make good progress within reasonable timescales with the right goals and the right people."
The question of exactly how Calico (a contraction of "the California Life Company") plans to do this is unclear. But commentators agree that Google's focus will likely not be limited to simply a cure for cancer or other diseases, but will actually work to combat aging itself.
Despite the hype of some headlines claiming that Google's investment could signal the end of human mortality, the aged will never be obsolete. But old may look very different in the future than in the past.
We recently polled our readers on a common ministry problem: "Have you experienced burnout in ministry?" Your answers were overwhelming—burnout is nearly universal. Here's how your responses broke down:
Yes, I'm fried to a crisp right now. 18.5%
Yes, but I'm learning to endure the heat. 28.3%
Yes, in the past, but I've made significant changes and it's better now. 26.7%
I'm not sure if what I experienced was burnout or something else. 17.3%
No, I've never been burned out. 9.1%
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