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From my observations of some indigenous societies there is an uninterrupted flow from birth to death of nuture and care connected through their extended family thoughtfulness. I'm not saying that these values and processes don't exist elsewhere, but its logical to assume that location and density of population are factors. In the rainforests of the Amazon river there are no air-conditioned age-care facilities located where its tributaries the Caquetá, Vaupés, Guainía, Morona, and Pastaza rivers join it, and so the elderly are often cared for by the grandchildren in a reciprocated exchange of baby-sitting and chores. Poverty is a major and ironically positive factor in some cases, though the availability of medicines is nil, and therefore a healthy active lifestyle, which goes with indigenous easily, means the old may enjoy their hesperian days.
Youth can be excused for temporarily disconnecting from family routine and the boredom of over-familiarity and embark upon exciting egocentric travels to exotic lands. Some become addicted to this vagrant lifestyle, others hit it rich which enables them to live luxurious childless existences with multiple other singles in a whirlwind neverending party, finally sobering up at midlife with a crisis, hopefully with some money left to retire on, overlooking a beach or valley, with empty rooms, silences, a cleaner/gardner, an accountant sending up to date emails on interest rates and investment portfolios, no laughter, lockdown.
Other return home, poor, but now travelling to universes inside their heads, fishing down by the old river with the children, growing older, telling stories always laughing into the depths of the swirling dark water, taking some fish back to the old folk, then sleeping and dreaming of the eternal river of life which the city people he had once visited had forgotten.