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The Cost of Living in a Monetized Society.

I.P.F., Not Aging, Could Be Causing Breathlessness - The New York Times.

Suppose someone you cared about will soon die of an incurable illness.  How would you feel?
Suppose that someone's life could be prolonged indefinitely by a medication which was far too expensive.  Would your feeling now be different from the other situation?

I want to do a post on this but i am not sure what i want to say or how i want  to say it.

$95,000  per year, $260 per day, for the privilege ( i had  thought it a right) to live a few more years.  One would have to have a full time job paying $40 per hour just to pay for one's meds.  And there are other living expenses, so i had better add 25 bucks to that hourly wage/salary.  $135,000 per year.  How many of us make that.  I never made half that amount in any year i worked and i consider myself much better off than most people.

How is the world improved by solutions that, for whatever reason, won't deal with the problem or will make  other things worse in the process?  Ghandi, Jacques Ellul, me, the  Luddites. and now the poet, R.S. Thomas.  I need to start a list of the people who fear technology more thn they desire it.. 


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Jan. 19th, 2016 01:56 am (UTC)

Wendell Berry

Jan. 19th, 2016 05:10 am (UTC)
Yes, thank you. :)
Jan. 19th, 2016 03:56 am (UTC)

All the gold in Ancient Rome would not have bought an aspirin tablet.  That something is expensive or unavailable now, is not a valid argument for never discovering or developing it.

Jan. 19th, 2016 05:14 am (UTC)
People who think like me about "change," have always been proved to be fools in the long run. It is also probable that our "long run" is about to run out.
Jan. 19th, 2016 06:42 am (UTC)

That's okay - we've lived to see some amazing things, haven't we?



The future is going to be a bit rough, these next fifty years or so, but I think we'll make it.

Remember:  We're ALWAYS “Living in the End Times.”

[I have a little paperback here written by a learned gentleman and published in 1916 that PROVES by Scripture that the Second Coming is nigh, that Jesus is going to appear just any minute now on the battlefield…  of World War I.  Uh huh.  No lie! Bring your autograph books!]

Jan. 19th, 2016 07:33 am (UTC)
Nota bene or, Tongue Firmly in Cheek

I think this would be a splendid venue for public executions.


They traditionally happen at dawn anyway, don't they?  They sure would now!

        Not very long ago hanging was extremely popular.
        A hundred and sixty years ago there were 200
        offenses for which a man, woman or child could
        be hanged. One could be hanged for cutting down
        a tree or for associating with gypsies: but,
        very strangely, not for associating with
        politicians. (46)

        It certainly seems strange that [America,] a
        nation so advanced in science and engineering as
        to be able to make highly efficient H-bombs, and
        some excruciatingly effective poison gases, and
        utterly devastating compounds for chemical and
        bacteriological warfare, should not be able to
        invent something better than the crude electric
        chair. (120)

        A Handbook On Hanging - Charles Duff (1928; 1961)

Oh, but we can!  It can even be swift, if an encompassing sun-shield surrounding the condemned is abruptly dropped once the sun is well up.  A concentrated temperature of 2000° would utterly carbonize the man in scant seconds.

“The hangman's at his gallows, and all's right with the world.”

- Unattributed, tho' I KNOW I've heard that said.  Maybe in The Ruling Class (1972) ?

[I dunno but what I wouldn't choose this, if I was to be executed for some alleged transgression.  I mean, from a perpetual-adolescent perspective this would be a far-out way to chalk it!  Talk about “a Viking funeral”…]

Jan. 20th, 2016 06:04 am (UTC)
I like your opening questions. The second situation is (apart from the "indefinitely") simple reality for most of the world, including a good many in supposedly wealthy countries, like the US.
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