Because we do not get to decide who lives or who dies. Because in a world where the rich and powerful are overwhelmingly the ones who get the best treatment, people living in poverty are dying by the thousands each day.
Dr. Paul Farmer, in Mountains Beyond Mountains makes this point when he sarcastically remarks on page 17 “it’s almost as if she had a treatable infections disease”. The fact is, there are treatable diseases all over the world not being treated.
Unequal distribution of medical services and/or medicine. What is the cause of this? Why is inequality continuing without any public discourse on the matter? Why do we feel like pouring money into organizations is the only solution? And if it were actually a solution, why are people still dying? Not only all over the world, but even here in the United States, people are dying of TB and other curable infectious diseases.
We should be appalled at the structures which have been set up to let the marginalized die. We should be crying out against the death and devastation that happens every day in our own nation, as well as those across oceans, lakes, rivers and streams. We should, but we are not allowed. Why? What keeps us from thinking critically about our world? Why has the public education failed us? How is education tied into the talk about health disparities in the world?
The questions persist.