I would like to take these few moments to alert you to a physical condition that could be significant for older adults. What I describe here is known as asymmetric facial wrinkles, a possible disorder that I have recently noticed while scraping pesky hair-nubs off my face in the morning.
In my case, the imbalance of facial wrinklehood occurs on my ear lobes and in the muscles that help me smile, grimace and eat tacos. There may also be other places—on the top or back of my head—where this dreaded irregularity can’t be seen.
Asymmetry is not generally a good thing. According to the anatomical drawings of *Leonardo DaVinci and **St. Gestastio of Seville, the perfect human body is laterally balanced. It seems possible, then, that an asymmetrically furrowed face denotes deterioration of the (male) human mindset.
Here I am concerned that random food particles might accumulate unevenly in my facial creases or that my shaving practices could grow even more haphazard. Modern science may by now have correlated asymmetrical facial wrinkles with other conditions such as political anxiety, misdirected praying, long toes or excessive ear hair.
I don’t want to alarm you needlessly. You may have already invented other hypochondria that cause you anxiety. So I wouldn’t want to add to your worry. Instead, I hope that you can be grateful to God for the condition of your older adult body. Including asymmetrical facial wrinkles!
*daVinci’s Vitruvian Man—that guy in the perfect circle—is a perfect example. See https://www.leonardodavinci.net/the-vitruvian-man.jsp, and also notice that this perfect specimen of the human male was not bald! Another place in life where my anatomy is failing me….
**When in need of authoritative references, I never hesitate from making up fake people. St. Gestastio is today’s example.