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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 29 2013: Dear Jean,
    I read your post and the conversation carefully. It appears that you asked a question (open ended) and then preferred to edit it to change the question, which you insist, has no connection with your original question. You didn't help the commenters by sharing specific information about your age, country of residence, social/family situations so I have reasons to believe you wished to keep your question academic and non-personal. In course of discussion, you informed you live in America and you are 21 years old. Apparently you have no physical condition that may make your life as unbearable.
    I see many commenters trying to place their perspective, describe and relive their pains and suffering just to help you. And I also see that you are discarding many replies just because that is not something you are looking for. It appears to me you have the answer to your own question - all you are doing is seeking confirmation to it.
    If I have understood this platform and most people here, it doesn't work here that way.
    Cheers!!
    • Apr 30 2013: This question was meant to be purely abstract, not really applied to a real world situation, which is why I layed a hypothetical scenario. I'm getting answers, but not to the question I formulated. I think I have to post it on physics or a psychology forum to get the answers I'm looking for, because those two subjects are were my question originated from really. I'm closing this one.

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