“I think you should sell that [your] house and get out of that town.”
“You cannot know when you will have to leave your [tenured] job. You may not get to be the one who chooses that.”
“You cannot know that you will live to be old. Even if all the members of your family you resemble live to be old, you should not think you need to plan for it, because you could be hit by a bus.”
“If you are considering the possibility of assisted suicide or Dutch-style euthanasia when you are really old, you had better think twice: you are better off standing in front of a bus or shooting yourself.”
This is all so negative, and so patronizing.
MORE THAN THREE YEARS LATER: Patronizing is a key word here and I also recognize elements from Reeducation–particularly the idea that my life isn’t worth planning for, and I am not capable of planning for my life.