Again, you’re going back to medicine. What makes us more productive are things like transportation, internet technology, advances in mechanics and hydraulics.
A tiny fraction of young people ever suffer from a problem that would prevent them from working. Probably less than 2%. On the flip side, it keeps a whole host of 70+ people around who will never again do more than shuffle around a nursing home until they die in another decade.
People take far more time off work now, due to medical “problems” than they ever did 50+ years ago. The more medical advances we make, the softer everyone gets. I know a woman who refuses to work because she says she has gout. Yeah, I really imagine that one flying in 1960.
Yeah, I know some people who decided to mess around with noots. They’re mostly bald, despite being around 30, look about ten years older than they are, and have very unusually high incidences of anxiety and depression. I’ll pass on noots, even the mild stuff like Piracetam and Kratom. Much less stuff like Modafinil.
> and hey, why not also talk about how medical advances have prolonged not just lives, but useful lifespan
They do not appear to have done so. I’m 30, and remember some badass old dudes 80+ (who would be over 100 now) who were virtually all quite active. They’d mow their own lawns, take care of their livestock, etc. Most of them died in their homes, if not out working in their yards. Rarely in a hospital bed. If they did go to a hospital, they’d leave first thing they were strong enough to get themselves out of bed.
70+ year old men today are mostly whiny and weak. They complain non-stop, and are completely useless in most cases. Even a few decades ago, old people actually had some pride and drive. Recently, most old people are useless sacks of moaning flesh. They contribute nothing useful and just rot for a couple of decades.
Medical advances have made people’s useful lifespan shrink, not expand. Fewer people may have made it to 85, but they were a quality, worthwhile person right up until they dropped dead at 75. Now that same person sticks around for another decade, and becomes useless by age 65. So ten years less productivity and twenty additional years of being a leech. Medical advances and procedures have absolutely ruined this generation of elderly people.