Ezekiel Emanuel Hoping To Die At Age 75

Ezekiel Emanuel Hoping To Die At Age 75

Ezekiel Emanuel hoping to die at age 75 is the wish of this oncologist and bioethicist.

The publication of his personal essay has become an internet sensation.

Emanuel is a respected physician and academic.

And here is a key point.

Emanuel is not sick.

He is healthy and well.

And his reasoning for wanting to die at age 75 is powerful.

His essay is thought-provoking and well-reasoned.

As well as being a scientist he is a vice provost at the University of Pennsylvania.

Also he is the author or editor of 10 books.

They include Brothers Emanuel and Reinventing American Health Care.

He wrote his essay for Atlantic.

Atlantic is an American magazine and published on different platforms.

Ezekiel Emanuel Hoping To Die At Age 75

So let’s give you a bit of the flavour of his essay:

“This preference drives my daughters crazy. It drives my brothers crazy. My loving friends think I am crazy.

“They think that I can’t mean what I say; that I haven’t thought clearly about this, because there is so much in the world to see and do.

“To convince me of my errors, they enumerate the myriad people I know who are over 75 and doing quite well. They are certain that as I get closer to 75, I will push the desired age back to 80, then 85, maybe even 90.

“I am sure of my position. Doubtless, death is a loss. It deprives us of experiences and milestones, of time spent with our spouse and children. In short, it deprives us of all the things we value.

“But here is a simple truth that many of us seem to resist: 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.

Ezekiel Emanuel Hoping To Die At Age 75

“By the time I reach 75, I will have lived a complete life. I will have loved and been loved. My children will be grown and in the midst of their own rich lives. I will have seen my grandchildren born and beginning their lives.

“I will have pursued my life’s projects and made whatever contributions, important or not, I am going to make. And hopefully, I will not have too many mental and physical limitations. Dying at 75 will not be a tragedy. Indeed, I plan to have my memorial service before I die.

“And I don’t want any crying or wailing, but a warm gathering filled with fun reminiscences, stories of my awkwardness, and celebrations of a good life. After I die, my survivors can have their own memorial service if they want—that is not my business.”

So there you have it.

Emanuel presents his case.

And he presents it well.

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