“Being 97.”

From an exceptionally well crafted blogsite (Time Goes By: What it’s really like to grow old) comes this fascinating 18 minute video.

Reader Jack Handley sent this video of 97-year-old Herbert Fingarette, a U.S. philosopher who once published a book about death. As the video page notes, in that book

”Fingarette contemplated mortality, bringing him to a conclusion that echoed the Epicureans: in non-existence, there is nothing to fear.

“But as Being 97 makes evident, grappling with death can be quite different when the thoughts are personal rather than theoretical. Filmed during some of the final months of Fingarette’s life, the elegiac short documentary profiles the late philosopher as he reflects on life, loss, the many challenges of old age, and those lingering questions that might just be unanswerable.”

Fingrette died in 2018.

Here is The New York Times obituary for Mr. Fingarette. And here is a comment about that obituary, “Heavy Drinking” and the NYT’s Offensive Obit on Herbert Fingarette.”

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