... Kinda from another thread... I had a question pop into my head the other day, maybe it would be a good conversation starter I am willing to go out on a limb and say that humans are too concerned with living. We are constantly avoiding certain things (like walking in front of a bus) that could kill us. We also keep having great advances in medicine that can keep people alive for a hundred years almost. We try to talk people out of suicide, we force people to get medical treatment when they're sick or injured, we try to outlaw things like smoking and drugs because they are harmful to peoples health and can shorten their life. We put our old people in nursing homes where they lie in a bed all day drugged beyond belief. People are living so long now that many of them start losing their mind and regressing back to a 2 year old mentality, and still drug them up to keep them alive. Not too long ago, a person who died at 65 was thought to be old and have lived a good long life. Now someone dies who is under 70 and we think they were still young. Perhaps our obsession with living as long as physically possible comes from a fear of death. Whether you believe in an afterlife or you belive that living just ceases, you agree that when you're dead and in the ground you're not going to give a flying fig that you are dead. In fact, if you believe in an afterlife it's preferable to not be living... What do you think? Are we a bunch of sissies so afraid of the finality of death that we will stay alive even to the point where we are basically 95 year old zombies? Are we selfish to drug up and lock away our elderly parents and grandparents because we're too childish to let go, despite the fact that they're just uselessly wasting away?