The quality of a life can never be measured by mere quantity. People now live longer than their grandparents did, but are they any more content?
While I might or might not last as long as a humpback whale, which can easily live to be one hundred, I will probably never be as serene, benign, and tolerant as one of those mellow giants.
And although twelve years — the actuarial average for river otters — seems rather short to me, I might willingly shave a few years off my life span in return for half of their joie de vivre. What counts, after all, is not living long so much as living well.
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