A 107-year-old man died in Sweden the other day. In a fire. In the house where he lived … alone.
He had lived alone in the house for nine years since his wife died. And the man was in good health, according to the Swedish newspaper article, except for a little hearing loss. He worked until 78, drove until 102, was a lifelong sailor.
Now, it is obviously very sad that the man died in a fire, one so bad it had burned the house down before firefighters arrived. This is not a pleasant way to go.
But how many 107-year-olds do not die of natural causes? How many are still in a position to die in a (likely accidental) fire in their own home?
If my infant son makes it to 107, the year will be 2116.
What will the world look like then?