See if they can crack a joke,
Literally ,if they can their airway is patent, their breathing intact and they are perfusing their brain enough to perform a complex task-humour.
Airway, Breathing, Circulation, Disability in medicine
Metaphorically speaking, most people in the rat race don’t laugh, smile or crack jokes.
so slowly dying anyway because they are not really living,
and living involves emotion and humanity, for everything else there’s MasterCard, money or greed.
stuff that paradoxically causes most of our headaches