Wednesday, June 4, 2008

The Fountain of Youth

The Fountain of Youth is the search for a long life and many, many sailors/ explorers/ discoverers are searching for this fountain. The question is: does it exist?

Hundreds of years ago, Juan Ponce de Leon, a Spanish explorer who sailed with Christopher Columbus to the New World, heard from the Indians of Puerto Rico of magical water source called the "Fountain of Youth". It was said that whoever drank of its waters kept that person perpetually young.

Ponce de Leon decided to find this secret spring. For many years, he searched for its exact location. When he was finally sure of where it could be found, the ambitious sailor asked permission from King Charles V to search for it. The king agreed, and in 1513 Ponce de Leon and his fleet sailed north of Puerto Rico. They eventually discovered the coastline of Florida - but they never found the secret gusher that would keep humans alive forever.

Does the fountain of youth really exist? For thousands of years, men and women have sought to find the source of longevity. The Greeks believed in the power of ambrosia, the food of the gods that sustained eternal life. The Hindu gods sought for a mystical nectar called amrita, which was said to be a magical elixir of eternal youth. During medieval times, many Europeans wondered about a life-giving spring said to be found in the unexplored territories of Africa and Asia.

Up to now, people are still obssessed with the idea of eternal youth. James Hilton wrote the popular novel Lost Horizon, which was eventually made in to an equally popular Hollywood movie, about a magical valley called Shangri-La where the inhabitants live for hundreds of years. More recent depictions of the theme of eternal youth include the comedy Death Becomes Her, where the aging characters portrayed by Meryl Streep, Goldie Hawn, and Bruce Willis discover a seductive enchantress who possesses a secret potion that makes them forever young.

Here is the fact: Longevity is just around the corner. There are lot of things that can help add life to years and not years to life! And we don't need to search for them ... because they are actually found not around us but within us.


Vincent Bautista said...

The Fountain of Youth... If there is such a thing wished I could get hold of it hehehe. But then the world would be over populated and everything would be so boring when we have reached everything we could ever accomplish. As they say, reaching the goal may be great but the experiences in reaching that goal makes everything worth while.

Mummy Sheng said...

i've seen that movie, funny!

it is nice to stay young, but i think aging gorgeously is even better! life is best because experience comes with it!