a subjective measurement of the charicteristics of one's life. one might be said to have a high quality of life if he has enough to eat and drink and if he has been given chances to improve himself. it is easy to see how this measurement is fickle--every person has been tainted by his own life situations and cannot posses an unbiased view of another's. even with this fault, though, there are still many times when the quality of life of an individual is agreed upon. an orphan with a life-threatning illness, a veal calf, and a hamster in a hamstery are all good examples of having what the public deems a low quality of life. in the case of the orphan, he might have a chance to improve his life. in the cases of the veal calf and the hamster, however, they are at the mercy of another's choices.