Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Short film "Being 97" as a philosopher faces the end of his own experience on Earth


I thought I would share the short “Being 97” (2018) by Andrew Hasse, depicting Herbert Fingarette, as “A 97-Year Old Philosopher Faces His Own Death”.  The director is his grandson, and the subject has just passed away, according to the end credits.


There is music from the slow movement of a Schubert String Quintet in the background. Later the Arioso of Beethoven’s last piano Sonata plays.

He has to face the loss of independence and self-expression, and the need for a caregiver.

My own mother died three weeks after her 97th birthday, that was in December 2010.

He says, “when you die, there is nothing.  You are not going to be.”  But can you “be” as part of something else?
  
The Atlantic has an article by the director, Jan 14, 2020, here

He describes the absence of deceased spouse and family members as a “presence” (you remember Roger Ebert’s final “leave of presence.”)
   
I am 76.  It would be nice to have the body of a 20-year-old.  I  play backward many episodes in my own life, and how they connect up with moral ironies that are mine.  The smartest young adults today know a lot more than I did then.

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