YouWillDieOfPoverty (ThoughtStorms)

Context : OnPoverty


Added 2017-08-09 : https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/aug/09/close-lethal-north-south-gap-regional-death-poverty


Obvious, isn't it?

However well off you think you are, you are almost certain to die of some illness or event at a time, which could have been averted or postponed had you been better off.

Perhaps you died of a disease for want of the right medicine. Or the want of earlier diagnosis (which a better, more pro-active health-care service would have provided). Or you die of an injury which might have been treated if the hospital had been nearer and emergency response faster. Or you might have avoided the accident altogether if your job had been safer. Or your heart-attack could have been avoided if you could afford a better diet (and someone to cook it for you)

This is an absurd way of looking at things. And yet illuminating in this one sense : poverty isn't something that kills other people. It kills people like you.


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