capitalism, healthcare, mortality (~)
It's ridiculous that people have to put prices on medical help, and decide whether to save a life based on whether they can afford it. Only humans are such weird and mixed-up spirits/animals as to have thought of such a creative way to confuse their priorities. It's like humans don't get that being alive is a real thing and money's not.
Nobody understands what being alive is, only that each life is unique and irreplaceable, and no life can be restarted after it has stopped for long. Money's a thing humans made up that they think life is all about. Really, one dollar is the same as any other, and a dollar spent can be replaced by a dollar earned. Not that making money is easy work, and not that being broke is easy to get through. In this world, you can die trying to do either. But they can be done, in the rules of this weird game of money that we made up. The rules of the weird game of living things, though, we didn't make those, and those are beyond us to change much. When a life is lost, it can't be earned back.
At most, money is a construct representing increments of my time alive that I trade for increments of others' lives. That would seem fair, except that most of us are paid far less for their increments of the same duration as those of some other people, and this disparity doesn't correlate with how hard or clever our work is. Death is fair in that it comes equally to us all, but pay does not.
These observations brought to you by my third brush with medical emergencies this week, and the emergency vet asking me today, "If we save your cat, his surgery and care will cost around $4000, is it okay for us to proceed?" and me saying "Yes."
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