It is impossible to put a dollar amount on human health versus being ill. What we do know is that our experience of life, reality and the world changes completely as our energy levels change and as our health fades.
Churchill famously said that “if you’re not progressive in your 20s – you have no heart and if you’re not conservative in your 40s – you have no brain”. What he observed is a fundamental change in our perception of reality as we age and lose our energy and vitality.
This trend of moving from “let’s change the world” youth ideals to conservative and much less living and tolerant views is common to all humans, across cultures, races and across time. It is part of that we refer to as Human Condition.
So the price we pay for diminished health is a profound shift in our experience, in how we see realty and what decisions we make in life, in every aspect of living. And this why it is so important to remain healthy as long as we can, well into our old age. Not because of what others may say or think but because we want to remain open to love, living fully and experiencing everything we can instead of becoming rigid, small minded and protective of status quo.