By Edmond Y. Azadian
Someone should conduct scientific research to find out the secret of the longevity of benefactors. At least, it seems that Armenian benefactors live longer than the average person. To mention just a few, there are Calouste Gulbenkian, Arshag Dickranian, Haik Kavookjian, Alex Manoogian and Kirk Kerkorian, who was sharp and alert to the end of his life, at age 98.
On August 2, benefactor Nazar Nazarian will celebrate his 90th birthday, surrounded by family and friends. Armenians around the globe will rejoice with the Nazarian family and wish him to beat the record of all the above benefactors, and live a full century and beyond.
Until that research is conducted, I will propose my unscientific and subjective observation of this phenomenon.
Having worked closely over a quarter of a century with one of those benefactors, namely Alex Manoogian, I can deduce that the secret of that longevity is in the thrill that the benefactors enjoy when they witness that their hard-earned money is serving a meaningful purpose: seeing a church dome rising into the sky, listening to Armenian children dancing and singing in their native tongue under the roof of an Armenian school, receiving a literary masterpiece and watching the tears dry in the eyes of a destitute refugee.
This kind of contentment must stimulate some physical elements in the human body to preserve health and extend life.