Book Review: “Outliers” by Malcolm Gladwell

Let’s strive to Die From Old Age…Not a knee or a bullet

Mairuth Sarsfield and Queen Afua read and signed books at Burke’s bookstore. Malcolm Gladwell did not…But the first part of his book,The Outliers examines the lifestyle of a group of Immigrants who compared to their neighbors were  enjoying longer lives. As we know,  

People die every second…they die every minute and every hour. For adults who are contemplative, there is one undeniable truth…we all will die at some point. But there is no doubt that lifestyle contributes to health status and whether or not we die prematurely.

One of my favourite books is The Outliers (2008) by Malcolm Gladwell who is a British born Canadian. Gladwell is a prolific author, storyteller, and public speaker.

For me, this book is telling, because it begins with the story of families living in Roseto in Pennsylvania who were dying of old age.

According to Dr. Wolf, a physician in Roseto in the 1950’s people were dying all over America from heart conditions—but the contrary was true for the people who resided in Roseto. Dr. Wolf became curious and conducted an investigation with the goal to find out what it was about these families who initially immigrated from Italy that made them so hardy and healthy.

Roseto was an unusual town. There was no suicide, no alcoholism drug addiction, and very little crime. Without giving away the heart and soul of Gladwell’s Outliers, it was discovered that where people are from, their culture, their family background, their generation all contribute to how soon they die and how healthy they are.

Indeed…at some point, we will all have to go to that place where no one can go for us. We will die. But there are so many things to do, so many books to read, so many cities to visit. Why not intentionally plan our lives so that we will die from old age.

Think about that.

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