There are many stupid arguments made about all sorts of things in the world. Without doubt though, there are few cases to be made that are more bloody damned stupid as the old “if we could save just one life….”..
This idiotic tripe gets trotted out in damned near every political debate known to man whether it is in when trying to justify bombing another nation (yeah think about that), or gun control or health care spending. Well folks, it doesn’t matter how bloody well meaning your pet cause may be because saving one life alone likely wont be a realistic baseline in funding or supporting it.
I may as well begin with one reality that so many assholes in this world don’t want to face (including me).
WE ARE ALL GOING TO DIE!
Your Nana and Papa are going to die. Your Mom and Dad are going to die. Your kids are going to die. Your pet gerbil is going to die and of course no matter what you may think, eventually you are going to die.
We cant avoid death. I think that this is pretty well established though we don’t like thinking or talking about it.
We cant prevent death but we can and do want to defer it as long as possible.
The next ugliness that comes up when drifting down this cheery train of thought though is the fact that life comes at a price.
YES! SOMETIMES IT IS TOO FUCKING EXPENSIVE TO TRY AND SAVE EVERY DAMNED LIFE OUT THERE!
Really, it gets agonizing when some idiot says that money is no object when it comes to saving a life. Of course it bloody well is!
Think of this, if we spent the money to put a trained MD on a street corner in every city we would certainly defer the deaths of all sorts of people. Car accidents, heart attacks, draino drinkers and who knows what else would be able to grab some precious few extra years thanks to the fact that they had a trained medical professional within reach for every incident. So why aren’t we doing this? If it saves one life…. Oh yeah, it is too fucking expensive. So about that not being able to put a price on a life thing…
We cant medicate to save everybody. We cant put a sign up to prevent every possible accidental death. We cant label everything quite enough. We cant afford every experimental treatment and we simply cant hold everybody’s hand.
Look folks, we should do all we can to preserve life and make as last as long as possible. Reason has to be applied however. We cant save em all and there is nothing wrong (in fact there is everything right) in trying to get the best bang for our buck here.
Why am I on this cranky ramble?
Well for one, I am naturally cranky. Its simply who I am.
My main point in writing this is so that I have is quick link to point the next dickhead to who tries to use the pathetic and oh so common “if it saves just one life..” case in a discussion.
It Is simply impossible to get that rant out in 140 characters.
Not every life is really as worthy of saving as the next one too but that is a discussion for another time.
Happy Monday by the way. 🙂