In its seemingly unending quest to ridicule even the very idea of human progress
in our century, the United Nations World Health Organization has discovered
a new threat — people the world over are living too long.
Despite horror stories and doomsday predictions, human beings
are living far longer today than at any time in history and as Western technology
and lifestyles spread over the globe even more people will enjoy long lives.
And theres the rub — people are living longer, but are they living happier
Not according to WHO. According to the World
Health Report 1997. Longer life can be a penalty as well as a prize. A large
part of the price to be paid is in the currency of chronic disease.
You heard it from the United Nations first — if you save a 3-year-old
from dying of dysentery, you condemn him to dying of a heart attack or cancer
in his 50s or 60s. People who dont die from malaria when theyre
7 might develop diabetes when theyre 40. Oh the horrors of it all.
Apparently until theyve found a cure for death, Western
nations should simply stop tampering with nature! Better to let people perish
as infants than subject them to living into their 60s.
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