Originally Posted by Criseyde
I think this whole discussion is bizarre. Most people in developed nations don't just drop dead out of a clear blue sky. The only thing I know of that can cause that is a brain aneurysm. There are probably a few other things, but they're pretty rare.
I haven't been following this at all but I just did some Googling. I think he was diagnosed with cancer in April. Mid-April to mid-November is not long at all, in this day and age. Many people suffer much longer. My grandmother had ovarian cancer, and underwent chemo and surgeries for three years before it finally killed her. My grandfather was in treatment for heart disease for close to 10 (I think) before he died of a heart attack.
He lived quite a long time and died relatively quickly for somebody in this society. I don't see what the issue is.
Then again, I've never believed that we consciously choose when we die. Did Abraham ever say that? I don't remember hearing it.
I think the idea would be that if someone is highly skilled at LoA, they'd be reasonably able to choose when they pass on. Of course we don't know what was going on in this man's mind, but we're assuming he wanted to live longer. I would imagine most people would like to live as long as possible in very good health and very good physical condition. So why did he die at age 80 instead of 90 or 100? The idea would be perhaps he had some strong beliefs that undermined his I/M capability to stay alive until age 90 . . . like nobody in his family had ever done so. That sort of thing.