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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: Suggest every situation, case by case.

    If you have your facalties, and wish to end your suffering, that should be your choice. One consideration in these situations is whether you have dependents, especially if it is emotional suffering.

    My rule of thumb is not to kill myself on the spur of the moment. Wait for a day.

    In cases where people have lost their ability to think or communicate, it is much harder.

    Suggest we should discuss what our preference is in these situations with our families before they happen.

    I think there is some living wills too that outline your wishes if in a coma etc.

    Sometimes life presents no easy options.
    • Apr 30 2013: I don't need to suggest every situation case by case because I'm only looking for perspectives on only one situation. It's not that you'd want to die because you're heavily ill, it's that you're accepting death so that other people in your family can continue their lives in peace. Life continues after you die. You save them energy that they can apply to something else in their lives, money that they can invest in something else that matters to them, and spending time doing something that matters to them. The ultimate selfless act of existence, to accept death so that others can enjoy life. That's what made Jesus Christ the only one to ever truly been able to become one and communicate freely with the creator, it's because he was willing to die for the ultimate good of others. It's that sacrifice.

      When does consciousness grasps the true concept of selflessness?

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