Spoiler alert! The Aug. 27 headline describing a new social program as aiming to treat “50 most at risk of death” is a prime example of our society’s systemic denial of the obvious.
Anyone who actually thinks that, through medicine, social programs, physical conditioning or any other means, he or she can affect the “risk of death” has been reading too much science fiction.
All the money in the world can only affect the timing or pain associated with someone’s death. Any claims to the contrary are magical thinking.
The truth is that the inevitable and unchangeable risk of death for each of us, good or bad, healthy or not, rich or poor, is 100 percent.