Essay on Death: Death and Age

Submitted By alex13768
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Death, an inescapable cycle, death is something no one can escape, it follows like night does day. In Ezekiel J. Emanuel’s article about his hope to die at the age of 75, he argues that you have lived a full life by that age, experienced that which is necessary to have lived a full life, but also that you are no longer of any crucial use to society. He claims that “living too long is also a loss. It renders many of us, if not disabled, then faltering and declining, a state that may not be worse than death but is nonetheless deprived. It robs us of our creativity and ability to contribute to work, society, the world. It transforms how people experience us, relate to us, and, most important, remember us. We are no longer remembered as vibrant and engaged but as feeble, ineffectual, even pathetic.”. I am going to argue against his opinion that after the age of 75, you’re basically useless.

The theory that after you surpass the age of 75, you’re basically useless…is a flawed logic, there are so many aspects that pertain to how ‘useless’ you are, for example, arthritis, inflames the joins of the body, it can be any joint, but I will use the knee as my primary example, so if somebody has Osteoarthritis, it could enfeeble somebody to not be able to walk very easily, but just because they can’t walk, doesn’t mean they can’t write, sit and do work, for gods sake with today’s modern technology…that being prosthetic legs and some body parts plus medicine, people could still do things with something such as Osteoarthritis.

A person’s ability to be creative, is personal choice, you can choose not to be the creative type, you can choose to have new ideas and thoughts every five seconds, it’s all about your mindset. A person can choose to be a negative, boring, and not outgoing person, depending on how it’s viewed, how people take advantage of the situation. Even if you are over the age of 75, you very much have the ability to think, think outside of boundaries, think of new ideas, encourage others with your words, your thoughts and your imagination; Emanuel in my opinion pushes the idea that all motivation, all wisdom of the age, any form of extraordinary thought just isn’t possible anymore, well I believe that to be not true. Although with age, Alzheimer’s is something that slowly, or quickly builds up in people, it has been known to even start by a person’s 30s, 40s or even 50s, that being early onset Alzheimer’s; but the thing is people may not believe you as much, want to follow you as much if you’re older, because so many people believe that due to the Alzheimer’s or just old age, people that are old, cannot be trusted to be the one’s coming up with new ideas, inventing new things, just being the ones who think. A very, very recent example of a man who was of