Harsh Statements

Legendary singer Leonard Cohen recently announced that he is going to start smoking again now that he’s reached the age of 80.

In a similar vein, Ezekiel Emanuel, Director of the Clinical Bioethics Dept at the US National Institutes of Health, wrote an article titled “Why I Hope to Die at 75” in The Atlantic, stating that there’s no hope living longer than that.

As someone now past middle age and into the years when I’m “old,” I find myself still agreeing with the point of view I held when I was “young.” People cautioned me I would feel differently when I was no longer young but, if anything, I agree even more. Without quality of life, quantity is useless.


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