Ezekiel Emanual wants to put death on our radar, where it should be. Considering death at age 75 forces us to contemplate it as the real event that actually awaits us at a finite point in time, rather than as an abstract event that happens to others and never to us.
I'm not posting Emanual's essay from The Atlantic because I think that you should be convinced to die at age 75, even though I think he makes a reasonable case. I'm posting this because I want you and your friends to talk about the issues Emanual raises. There may be no better way to rethink what it is about life that we value so much than to contemplate - I mean really, seriously contemplate - death, and the losses that precede it.
I've highlighted parts of the essay that I think are worth keeping in mind as you read it.
Got a different age than Emmanual? Got a different way of thinking about death than his? Please, share your comments below. Let's contemplate it together.