For a very long time the question has been apparent in humans minds. The question is whether to die young and remembered? Or to die old withering and slowly being forgotten. In our prime when were at our best in life there may have been records set by one single person or even as a team. As we age as all humans do those records are broken over and over again by those generations and generations below us. Slowly those who were once all stars and super stars are being forgotten by those who know them and the generations coming in who never knew them and never will. On the physical side we go from strong and sturdy to old and withering away as our bones deteriorate. Some will answer that they’d rather die young and not have to deal with being …show more content…
If someone were to die young they would lose chances of having children of their own to keep the family name or even to have grandchildren after a while. If life to this person were all about sports and being in their prime then they really lose sight of what should be important in life. Experiencing love from others and loving others should be a more important thing to have in life and shouldn’t be taken for granted. On page 1092 line 21 of A.E. Housman’s poem it says, “So set, before its echo fades.” Basically saying to die before your echo of glory fades and as long as a human has someone or several people who genuinely care about them around their echo will never fade. Finally, if a person dies at a young age they don’t get to experience as many things. With dying young there comes a loss of many experiences that life had in store. Life is full of experiences and when people die at a young age they sometimes don’t get to experience as many things. It’s quite an accomplishment to live for decades to watch the world change from how you knew it to how it is now. All the evolving the world does especially with technology and the job types and so on. In conclusion, dying at a young age would be a wasted life. As said before there’s loss of any type of experience including that of being close with those who you care for. There’s also more honors and more to life rather than just sports and being an amazing athlete. There
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Signs of aging will start to show. For some it might be a concern as they might have health worries due to age. This is the time that they might become a grandparent, this will boost their self- esteem. The individual might be coming to terms with dying or may have already have accepted the fact of death.
Why is it that when you are in the stages of death, the world seems to become different? It is the same concept as grieving. Somebody who is grieving is known to go through multiple stages that change their perception of the world. For instance, a woman who is grieving might distance herself from the instance and attempt to continue her life. Although the man whom she was grieving for may have thought that he did not want her to think of him in this way it is impossible to be definite with this answer, as science cannot explain the heart. While exploring the short story "On the Sidewalk Bleeding" by Evan Hunter, it was found that Andy, the main protagonist is going through his coming of age moment. This moment begins when he is stabbed and left on a sidewalk. He begins to go through three peak moments that transform him from a child to adult ignorance, idealism, and selfishness all turn into knowledge, realism and selflessness. Andy, whilst on his deathbed turns from adolescence to adulthood. He learns that the world he lives in was all about gangs and doing what Andy would please to be a selfless and knowledgeable man.
Last year 23 September 2012. I had a resident called “Mrs X” she was a 72year-old widowed living at ---, a Nursing Care Home. She’s not a religious type of person as she was Atheist. She has lived in the home for the past two years, and during that time I was assigned as her key worker. Mrs X had One Son and 3 grand daughters they are all regular visitors to the home. She has recently been diagnosed with renal failure, and her life expectancy is only a couple of months without dialysis. In the past Mrs X has made it clear that when her “time comes” she wants to be able to stay at Belmont House, and “go quietly”. She has stated that she does not want any treatment that will prolong her life. This means
All in all, in my opinion, immortality is worthless. With immortality comes selfishness. Immortals seem to take everything for granted because they know they will most probably experience it again. I think living a mortal life is the best and people should stop wishing to be immortal. Mortality is able to bring out the best in life. With mortality people only have so long before they are gone from the world and with that little time real happiness is discovered through all of life’s hardships. In the end death is both a hardship a beautiful
Lastly, why do I agree with Housman that aging brings sadness to an athlete? Looking at Lines 16-20 of, “To an Athlete Dying Young,” we see Housman’s idea of a dying athlete. “Now you will not swell the rout of lads that wore their honors out, runners whom renown outran and the name died before the man.” This quote explains that once the athlete had many fans that adored him, but as time went by lost fans and became a normal person, not someone they looked up to. I agree with Housman on this poem with the fact of sports today. Sports today focus on the young, strong, and non-injured players to bring in wins not losses. As an athlete ages we see that their fan base is changed because those fans like the young athletes more now than they like the older athlete. Even with this happening in sports teams today, we have to see these athletes are still considerably young with ages in the thirties, forties, and fifties. That is young
Death is something that many people fear and many people face. Most people do not know exactly when they are going to die, but being given a sort of idea of that can change the way someone thinks and acts drastically. Death is in escapable. Everyone must die eventually, some young, like my friend in fifth grade who passed from being in an ATV accident, and others old, such as my 15 year old cat who recently passed.
Analyzing late adulthood and the death of an individual as a culmination of the life span development process one must understand late adulthood consists of. This paper will give a brief overview of ageism and stereotypes associate with late adulthood. This will explain how health and wellness techniques in the late adulthood stages can mitigate the negative effects of aging. As people age the social views and experiences changes in relationships and interactions with individuals, as he or she nears end of life. When closely approaching the end of life, a person has cultural and personal attitudes about death and dignity in late adulthood.
In “To An Athlete Dying Young”, time has stopped altogether for the runner and will no longer continue. The runner will not have to face the end of his glory days, as he died at the peak of his career. Early deaths of people seem to give them eternal life in the eyes of their admirers. Because they pass away when they are most popular, they do not have to witness the decline of their popularity. The runner will not live long enough to see his records broken and his accomplishments slowly fade.
A.E. Housman was a poet born in 1859 who became very successful during his lifetime. “To an Athlete Dying Young” represents the theme of glory is fleeting by illustrating the point that if a successful athlete dies young, they will not have to worry about their glory of victory fading. They can rest in peace knowing they will be remembered at their athletic peak when they were successful and victorious. They will not have to go through the pain of watching their fame disappear or whither out with time. In this poetic masterpiece, Housman pulls together figurative language, sound devices, and structure to illustrate that glory is fleeting through a
Sure sports benefit on and off the field, they help get you into better colleges, they help you deal with being on a team but how is that going to help if you are dead or damaged in your
However, people with a healthy consciousness of death are likely to live and balance life make the proper amount of risk taking and smart decisions. Thus, individuals feel more satisfied which corresponds with a longer life expectancy.
Overall, it is a topic that is talked a lot about in the Medallion and if there is one of the inhabitants of that community that is tortured by that idea, is Shadrack. “He knew the smell of death and was terrified of it, for he could not anticipate it. It was not death or dying that frightened him, but the unexpectedness of both. In sorting it all out, he hit on the notion that if one day a year were devoted to it, everybody could get it out of the way and the rest of the year would be safe and free. In this manner he instituted National Suicide Day”(Page 28). With this quote, Toni Morrison manages to portray the massive fear death imposes in people now days. On the other side, while there are some who decide to suffer due to the fact that sooner or later we are going to die, others get the best of this life and don’t let anything stop them from enjoying it. Take as an example Sula who despite society’s expectations and standards, leaves the Medallion to study, conscious that she will be more happy if she does. Aware that this life is too short Sula chooses to do what makes her not so miserable. This sort of “You only live once” ideal, which Sula follows, is all based and inspired in death. As I mentioned at the beginning, in literature, the inevitability of death tends to be ignored or put aside but Morrison ingeniously reminds us nothing in this
Once an adult reaches retirement, they begin to slow down, if they have not already, and reflect upon a long life lived. They are at the mercy of many decades worth of memories, some good and some bad. The elder will feel a sense of wellbeing if they are satisfied with their life. This satisfaction roots itself in accomplishment. Humans usually want to undertake many things in their lives. Some are able to attain these and others are not. Those that do achieve their goals are filled with a sense of gratification. Arlene Handler says that Erikson calls this “integrity” (The Developmental Stages of Erik Erikson, 2002 (revised 2009)). This also allows for a quiet acceptance of death. People who accept death as inevitable do so with grace and ease. They look at their life and see an adventure with hills and valleys, but valleys that they were able to climb out of with might and determination. Erikson thought this to be remarkable and was amazed by elderly people’s resiliency. He found that the strength at this stage was wisdom and that all the experiences
1.) Explain how the answers to the self-inventories in the text concerning facts, attitudes, beliefs and feelings about death reflect our societal understanding or lack of understanding of death. I think that the self- inventory question reflected on both our understanding and lack of understanding about death related topics. Some of the answers to the questions on the inventory I knew without look at the answers, but some of the answers actually surprised me. The question about the death certificate was one of the questions that actually surprised me. I assumed before I did the inventory that every death certificate had a specific cause of death that was given on the certificate. Another answer that