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More Interesting Karma
« on: May 16, 2018, 09:18:54 AM »
Here is a lady who appears to have lived through a great deal of modern history. If the documents are right, she is about the age my grandfather would be if he were alive (he died an old man in 1968). She is said to be 128. In the story below she is quoted as saying that she hasn't had a single happy day in her life, and that living to great old age has been a punishment, and the will of God.

I expect that's a bit of an exaggeration, but nevertheless it has the ring of honest truth about it. It sounds very, very Russian to me. LOL.

I am reminded that life is like a play, with a first act, a second act, and a third act that alway ends the same way. And that things need to have an ending. Lives need to have an ending. Immortality would suck, especially in the body of a really, really old person. LOL.

Lately I have been lamenting my own karma, which also seems to be a long life of more work than fun, and less exciting and more boring than what might have been had I gone a different way.

I thank this lady for making me see that my own karma is just not that bad. Even if I work seven days a week until I drop dead, my life is very sweet. Even if catastrophic collapse takes us all out in one really, really shitty month.

'Oldest living person ever at 128' wishes she had died young and says her longevity is "a punishment"

"Tired" Koku Istambulova says she hasn't enjoyed a single happy day in her life and has "no idea" how she has lived so long

ByWill Stewart
10:17, 16 MAY 2018UPDATED14:07, 16 MAY 2018

The Russian government claims Koku Istambulova is the world's oldest person.

But she has bluntly said her longevity "was God's will" and she "did nothing to make it happen".

While some people chalk it up to a healthy or active lifestyle, "tired" Koku said: "I have no idea how I lived until now."

Due to turn 129 in two weeks, she added: “I have not had a single happy day in my life."

Koku's passport shows her date of birth as 1 June 1889 (Image: Seda Magomadova/east2west news)

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The claim was made by the Pension Fund of the Russian Federation and is based on Koku's internal passport which shows her date of birth as 1 June 1889.

If correct, Koku - who shuns meat and loathes soups, but loves fermented milk - was already 27 when the last tsar, Nicholas II, was forced to abdicate in March 1917. She was 55 when the Second World War ended in 1945, and 102 when the Soviet Union collapsed a generation ago in 1991.

During the war she recalls “scary” Nazi tanks passing her family home.

She and her family were later deported along with the entire Chechen nation Kazakhstan and Siberia by Stalin who accused them of Nazi collaboration.

If correct, Koku was 27 when the last tsar abdicated in 1917 (Image: Seda Magomadova/east2west news)

Asked how she lived so long, Koku, from a village in Chechnya, told an interviewer: “It was God’s will. I did nothing to make it happen.

“I see people going in for sports, eating something special, keeping themselves fit, but I have no idea how I lived until now.”

And she claimed: “I have not had a single happy day in my life. I have always worked hard, digging in the garden. I am tired.

"Long life is not at all God’s gift for me - but a punishment.”

Relatives say she five years ago lost her only surviving daughter Tamara who lived until she was 104.

She is articulate and able to feed herself and walk, but her eyesight is failing.

Koku sasy she has "no idea" how she has lived so long (Image: Luiza Tsagueva/east2west news)

Koku said: “I survived through the (Russian) Civil War (after the Bolshevik revolution), the Second World War, the deportation of our nation in 1944 and through two Chechen wars.

“And now I am sure that my life was not a happy one. I remember tanks with Germans passing our house. It was scary.

“But I tried not to show this, we were hiding in the house. Life in Kazakhstan was the hardest for us.

“When in exile - we lived in Siberia too - but in Kazakhstan we felt how the Kazakhs hated us.

“Every day I dreamed of going back home.

“Working in my garden helped me to get rid of my sad thoughts but my soul always wanted home.”

She doesn’t speak about her family tragedy but she lost several children, including a son aged six.

She recalled how Muslim restrictions on clothing eased after the end of tsarist times under Soviet rule.

Koku added: “We were brought up with very strict rules and we were very modest in our clothes.

“I remember my granny beat me and reprimanded because my neck was visible.

“And then Soviet times came and women quickly began to wear more open clothes.”

Her favourite place is to sit outside her house in summer on an old bed, shaded by a tree.

She said: “Looking back at my unhappy life, I wish I had died when I was young. I worked all my life.

“I did not have time for rest or entertainment. We were either digging the ground, or planting the watermelons.

“When I was working, my days were running one by one.

“And now I am not living, I am just dragging through.”

Officials say all her documents were lost during the Second Chechen War from 1999 to 2009.

The pension fund, a state body, claims there are 37 people over 110 years of age in Russia yet all these claims, including Koku’s, are impossible to verify because of the lack of reliable birth or early childhood written records.

Most live, like Koku, in the Caucasus which has a history of longevity among its peoples.

« Last Edit: May 16, 2018, 09:40:07 AM by Eddie »
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Re: More Interesting Karma
« Reply #1 on: May 18, 2018, 05:48:57 PM »
Re karma:

In an unrelated series of unfortunate events today, I was rear-ended twice within an hour. I was driving her car too. She wanted to swap.In both cases I was fully stopped and not moving when I was hit. 1st one at a  stop sign. Second one at a red light. In neither case did I have anything to do with causing the collision, and in fact both of them caught me by complete surprise.

The second one, which did more damage, the guy drove away. New black truck, must be a few hundred just like it in town. I got no license number, no nothing. I filed a police report and an insurance claim.

Then I sat in line for a half hour in the tax office to get my truck tags and then I couldn't, because the inspection I had done last week isn't showing up on their computer. I call the shop. Can I get a copy of my report? Sure no problem. I got a call back, after some minutes...we didn't actually inspect your truck. We just changed the oil. I never checked. I thought they did it. I told them to....

Okay, now I go to DPS to get a new copy of my lost drivers license. Another lengthy wait and.....we can't because you have an occupational license right now. You have to call this number, blah, blah.

Today reminded me of a certain kind of bad dream I have sometimes.....
What makes the desert beautiful is that somewhere it hides a well.


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