Launch Post 2/21

A main point that stuck out to me was when Farmer asked “why, then, are these premature deaths not the primary object of discussion and debate within our professional circles?” The premature deaths are referring to the poor who do not receive adequate health care and therefore die earlier than they would if they had access to health care. Two responses were provided to this question. One states that people don’t want to believe the conditions of the poor, so they just ignore the problem. This is not the right way to deal with poverty. If we don’t take action the problem will never get resolved. It is up to those “wealthy” (or at least those better off than the poor) to do something and not just ignore it. We have the statistics proving the government is not ignorant to what is going on in the world, but they chose to ignore it. The second response states that due to the wealthy being the ones in power, the needs and views of the poor will not be expressed. The poor need someone to speak up for them. The problem is, we can’t just take the poor off the street and put them in positions of power (although this would really make a statement). The government needs to stop ignoring the poor and actually do something about their situation, or at the least do something to provide better health care for them. The tiny acts of giving we see get them through for the time being, but some sort of long term resolutions needs to be put into action. The poor are people just like you and I and deserve the same basic human rights as us. No one should die from a curable disease, or as the passage puts it, a stupid death.

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3 Responses to Launch Post 2/21

  1. It also sticks out to me when I see that there are people who are dying out in the work from being neglected and under-nourished. I would go further to agree with you that a common response to your question is that society doesn’t want to think about these sins against humanity. They just let the poor’s standards of living go underneath the radar. Why do we do this? Is it too horrifying? If feel that you and I would answer “yes” to both of those questions; however, I disagree with your second response. The wealthy, I believe, do have a higher responsibility to spread out the graces they’ve been given from God and share them with the poor, yet we see Sobrino’s words stating that the poor also play a role in this sin of humanity. Truly the poor and wealthy need to meet in the middle to resolve this problem. We need to all together work on this problem not just ask the rich to solve it for us.

  2. calmexpress says:

    I agree. Who are the poor, by the way? It is easy to see that amid our rationalizations is the feeling that the actual poor aren’t people we really have to pay attention to. They may be of different races, or not speak our language, or aren’t moral enough for us; they may be illegal immigrants. Imagine that, a class of human beings that are illegal. Envision explaining that to God. All these man made social economic classifications and judgments have allowed us to dismiss the basic fact that the poor are just human beings like you and I. Imperfect. They require and deserve the same basic need as everyone else. Food, clothing, shelter but also sanitation, education, and healthcare. How are they or we for that matter, going to be able to contribute to the greater good if we are denied the absolute minimum resources necessary for long-term physical well-being? It is only by the grace and mercy of God that we are as privileged as we are. I would like to point out the quote written by Wendall Berry located at the very beginning of Paul Farmer Pathologies of Power reading. “Rats and roaches live by competition under the law of supply and demand; it is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy.” It is the privilege of human beings to live under the laws of justice and mercy, what does that mean? I believe Berry was simply expressing that if there is a poor man among you don’t harden you heart or close your hand but lend them whatever is lacking sufficiently and generously. If God chose to ignore you in times of need, where would you be?

  3. writerx3 says:

    I don’t completely agree with Farmer. I do think that people are dying premature deaths due to their lack of reasources and such. But I do not think that everything can be blamed on us saying that we neglect the poor. I feel like Faramer was a little too harsh on people when he said that it was our negligence that leads to these premature deaths. I do think that their are people that ignore problems the poor have. But just because some people choose to ignore doesn’t mean everyone else does and everyone shouldn’t be blamed just because some people do something. Think about how many organization and charities there are for the poor. I know of many that give shots to people who can’t afford it so they dont get some illnesses. People are trying to make it better for the poor. No one wants them to die beacause of illness that can be cured. But people can only do so much. And I do think that people should be informed of these problems because many people are not educated about things like this. But no one should be blamed for these deaths.

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