We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
I guess I'm a typical "guy". I don't want to trade "just happily living my life" for spending time going to doctors and having operations and taking medicine with negative side effects instead of just living my life. Maybe giving up my life to spend all my time being poked and prodded and cut and recovering might mean I live a little longer but what quality of life is that? I'm gonna die one day, I only hope it is quick and unexpected.
I am sure you are right. I am no spring chicken, most of my relatives have passed and many of them after years of expensive treatment that didn't extend their life one second. I have a good friend who killed himself when he got cancer after he saw his sister go through it. Who was better off? The sister who spent 9 months suffering, all her time spent taking toxic medicine and then living down the toxic effects OR her brother who when the cancer became painful and he was left no other choice ended it???
I saw my father in law who discovered he had lung cancer spend 3+ years fighting it until it finally went to his brain and killed him. Because he choose to fight it he could not quit his job, he would have lost his insurance. I was sitting with him when one of his close relatives offered to take him in their motorhome and travel all over the U.S. and Canada. He couldn't do that because he believed that medical care could help him live longer. It didn't. Instead of spending his last years with family traveling and enjoying his life he stayed in work and suffered with various cancer treatments for those years. Which was the better choice???