Looking forward 50 years to the year 2056, life as a Chinese farmer will not change much. Given the strength of the Chinese government and economy, they are becoming a very strong global power. Some speculate that China may one day be THE world power, growing past the reach of the US (Johnson). However, looking at the facts we know now and not speculating too much, the life of a Chinese farmer will change minimally. Likely, as a Chinese farmer I would not live much beyond 50 years. The life expectancy in China for a healthy male is 72.54 years (IndexMundi). For a farmer, the daily risks we encounter are much greater than those of higher social classes. My children have grown and married and my wife and I have 41 grandchildren. Our food source would remain much the same, eating primarily rice, eggs, and chickens. As we have gotten older, my wife and I are not able to keep the farm running on our own. Our oldest son has taken over the family farm and now provides for us, as is common in our culture (Oracle ThinkQuest Education Foundation). We help out as much as possible, but at our age it is difficult to farm like we use to. My wife and I are still able to take food from our farm to the market to trade for other goods, such as cloth and bowls that are needed. Our entertainment has not changed much. We still tell stories and sing songs. Our grandchildren entertain us the most. At this point in our lives, there are no great worries. Life has been good and to live until we are 70 years old is a great accomplishment.
2056: Life as a US Software Engineer
As a US software engineer in 2056, life is quite different. According to the CDC, I am likely to live until I am 77.9 years of age. Due to the increased medical technology in the US, as well as 50 years of research, I have been able to overcome and manage multiple age related ailments. I retired after a thirty year career as a software engineer and my wife and I live in Washington in the summer and Arizona in the...
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