Discussion and Prereading Questions for “Toward Immortality” This discussion activity and the questions below will introduce ideas related to our next reading, “Toward Immortality” (100-102). A. Famous Quotes on Aging Can you understand the famous quotes below? Do you agree with them? Many foxes grow gray but few grow good. (Benjamin Franklin, American statesman) Beware of the young doctor and the old barber. (Benjamin Franklin) The older I get, the more clearly I remember things that never happened. (Mark Twain, American writer) The dead might as well try to speak to the living as the old to the young. (Willa Cather, American writer) Everyone is the age of his or her heart. (Guatemalan proverb) B. A Doubled Lifespan 1. How long do people usually live? Why don’t people live longer? 2. What do you think you will look and act like when you are fifty years old? Eighty years old? 3.
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