In a recent article in The Atlantic, entitled “Why I Hope to Die at 75,” Ezekiel Emmanuel makes the following provocative argument: I am not interested in living beyond age 75 since I am likely to suffer from functional limitations and will no longer be able to contribute much to society. I will not accept curative medical treatment, only comfort care. Put me on the ice floe and push me out to sea.
Like much of what Emanuel has written over the years, the piece is challenging and (not accidently) incendiary. It is about half right, but in some important ways, very wrong.