Let me give you the least controversial proposition on the planet. Which, by the way, is about as non-controversial as the fact that, having 2 X chromosomes will make you a woman, while having only one X and one Y will make you a man. For all the talk of transgenderism, we’ve yet to square that particular circle. Or must the truth of biology now give way to ideology?
So, what is this non-controversial proposition? Well, it’s a bit like sex, actually, since the truth of it is also a matter of biology. It is the fact that, sooner or later, we’re all going to die. How controversial can that be? And not only is it true, but the truth of it is something we will surely realize in our own bodies. Finitude is something we are meant to feel, especially as it falls inexorably away. And isn’t this why we needn’t resent growing old? After all, think of all those who are denied the privilege!
So, the point is, the Old Guy will be coming to get us all. It is the one inoperable defect we are born with. Unless we are exceedingly unlucky, we shall first grow old,