TED Conversations

This conversation is closed.

Being sentient/functional at an old age and the fear of death within the individual (EDITED). Previously "How old is too old really?".

(EDIT: DISREGARD THE AGE FACTOR, THIS IS ABOUT BEING FUNCTIONAL AND HAVING A "LIFE" WORTH LIVING. THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH POLITICS) I'm not screaming, I'm just making sure that everyone gets it.

This question has been in my thoughts for quite some time now. I always wondered, at which point in a human being's life does he or she realizes that it's time to leave this plane of existence?

Say for example you reach 60, you're seasoned alright. Throughout your life, you performed very poor physical maintenance, you've been out of shape since forever and as a result you now suffer all types of diseases and physical illnesses. You're at a point where life, to you, consists of waking up and getting taken care of like a infant on daily basis. You're under many different types of medications, you can't perform any simple physical activity like walking and most of your needs must be tended to by someone else. Then suddenly, your condition gets worse and surgery is needed, or specialized help is needed in order to keep you alive.

Aside from your loved ones wanting to keep you alive, Isn't it selfish to put other people in tight financial situations just so you can almost mirror the life of a vegetable?

Share:

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • Comment deleted

    • Apr 28 2013: How is it suicide if you do not want medical help for a condition that is deteriorating your health? Judge has nothing to do with that. If I don't want life support/surgery, I'm not getting life support/surgery.

      At this point ladies and gentlemen, honestly I'm thinking strongly about closing this topic, since people can't seem to put themselves in hypothetical situations and give a personal opinion without the involvement of the law and the government.

      Here's an aexample of an answer I might expect to hear from someone who can understand what I'm trying to say: " Personally, if my physical condition deteriorated to that point, I'd keep living because I could probably still accomplish more things. I'd push my existence on this planet as far as I can. I don't see the problem with my family paying for my health, because that's what families do, they support each other"

      Literally simple as that.
      • Comment deleted

        • Apr 28 2013: I can understand that woman though, I wouldn't want to die in Canada either. (joke)

          Don, I just happen to be a full blooded Aries. My will is strong in my threshold for anger and rage is lower than others. I'm a very peaceful man despite that. I learned at a very young age to control my rage because I have seen what i can do when I'm angry. I practice a life of peace and harmony with other people, most of the time overlooking and forgiving those who would do me wrong.

          My mental is very strong, and it was not anger that was rising, rather patience that was leaving. I would do tenfold to anyone who would come to injure me, that I can assure you. I'm healthy and suffer no injury.
      • Comment deleted

        • Apr 30 2013: I wasn't referring to revenge, I was referring to the actual moment. I avoid conflicts because of my nature. I know what I can do if I'm put in volatile situations so I avoid those situations. I have enough will power to control certain aspects of my natural personality, so no, this Aries does not practice violence, but is aware of his capabilities. Notice how I said I "would", but I don't.

          "Only a woman can defeat me; I won't hurt them", very wise choice of words.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.