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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: I think as they grow older It depends on how the individual sees themselves in regard to the world.

    If they think it's there for them to enjoy then they tend to fight to the end at all costs.

    If they think it's there for them to help or contribute to then they're usually ready to go as nature sees fit. No special efforts required to stay alive. They may have regrets about not doing enough but accept that they did what they could.
    • Apr 30 2013: That's true, it depends on the person. But what is YOUR perspective?
      • Apr 30 2013: I believe that a person needs to contribute whatever happiness and understanding they can to the world and those around them for as long as they can. That's what I think life is for. If they can still contribute constructively for that purpose from a wheelchair or a bed then fine - keep at er. But do it for others, not for yourself. And if the grim reaper shows up one day then so be it. Make it quick. There is no point in staving off the inevitable while sucking the life out of everybody around you. I don't want people lingering in the pain or sadness of my passing. I want them to rise above it, be happy and celebrate that our lives crossed and take away whatever lessons or pleasures they can to carry the torch for the next generation.

        If it gets to the point where I'm just prolonging the inevitable for no gain to anybody then give me the plug. I'll end it myself. There's not much to fear really. If there's another realm to exist in then great lets go. There's nothing more I can do here for anybody. If there isn't - It won't really matter then will it so what is there to fear?

        On a side note - how come everybody sees a white light when they get close to the end but come back. How come nobody ever sees a red glow or comments on the heat or the smell. Surely some of those folks had some reckoning coming? Just curious. No response required

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