Yeah, dying is great. I forgot.
You forgot?? Must not be eating enough ancestral greens . Anyway, it happens to the best of us. Dying, that is.
If I were in Florida (which hopefully will never happen--nothing personal, mind you), I'd buy you a good ancestral beer or two.
For me the issue isnt so much about dying as it is debilitation over a long stretch of time. People are not all the way well one day and then all the way sick the next. And few people simple drop dead like a sack of potato's ( pun intended) anymore. If you had a stroke not that long ago you were a dead man, now they can pull you back. In fact, there is a long list of things that used to kill us quick that they now can pull us back from. But often when they pull us back, we are permanently impaired.
The cost of taking care of someone who is losing functionality is staggering. You can spend all of you resources and maybe leave your spouse in a really tough financial spot after you have sucked all the money out of your savings and assets. Plus the burden on your family taking care of your sorry butt can tear them apart emotionally and physically. That is not even to mention how difficult it can be for you as you lose your ability to do the things you like or need to do.
The bigger issue is Morbidity ( rate of chronic debilitation) not Mortality ( rate of death) so much. The consequences for the economy are very scary if we continue on like this. As the baby boomers age and they get sicker and sicker due to horrible nutrition and some other things it can potentially break the economy.
Over 60% of both the American and British populations are now overweight or obese. This is a serious issue.