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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?

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    • Apr 28 2013: I guess you are right, everyone seems to be pointing the same thing, it really has nothing to do with age. I'm a very open minded people person Chris. There is purpose in helping others indeed; what good is man/woman's life if he is not willing to put his own goals aside to help another one in need. There is a lot of purpose in living, and I understand that too. But how can one claim to be "alive" if your day consists of waking up, being fed soup and sitting on a chair all day falling asleep and wake up just in time to eat? Do you get where I'm coming from?

      Is there purpose in being a vegetable and being more of a financial burden to one's children as we grow older?
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        • Apr 28 2013: Ok, now I see why this is all tangled up. I personally believe that the mind lives past death. A weak physical body has no use in the physical world in my opinion. The children will always want to pay and care for your well being, they're your children, and if you raised them right, they will care for you when you reach that point.

          The thing is, I want my children to go past whatever I may accomplish in my lifetime. Me being alive and costing them time, mental work, and money is selfish because I had my time. I want them to focus their time, money, and mental on their lives so that they too can achieve great heights in this existence, and even go past where I left.

          This life really isn't about the individual, we're all one. My children should aim to be far greater than I ever was during my lifetime. I would appreciate them caring for me, but ultimately I'd much rather them focusing their resources on themselves, so that they in turn excel in life. And that to me, is the ultimate selfless sacrifice that I hope to achieve at the closing of MY life, and the greatest gift that one can ever pass on to their children.

          Off course, all that assuming that my possible wife isn't still with me or we share mutual belifs, then it's a totally different approach.
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