houellebecq on aging

In 2014 Rahm Emmanuel's brother Ezekiel (described by MIT's Technology Review as "chair of the University of Pennsylvania’s department of medical ethics and health policy, as well as a chief architect of Obamacare"), wrote an Atlantic article arguing that the lives of people 75 and over weren't worth prolonging because, among other reasons, they had their best work years behind them."[T]he fact is," he wrote, "that by 75, creativity, originality, and productivity are pretty much gone for the vast, vast majority of us."
Anyone related to Rahm Emmanuel is inherently not worth listening to but I remembered the above when I recently read Michel Houllebecq's book The Elementary Particles, which includes this quip:

Some people live to be seventy, sometimes eighty years old believing there is always something new just around the corner, as they say; in the end they practically have to be killed or at least reduced to a state of serious incapacity to get them to see reason.

That's much funnier!