I have a topic I'd like some input on. Is health care selfish and dangerous?
I'll assume everyone here believes in evolution, and understands the basics. With that in mind, is it selfish and dangerous to administer even simple medical care like antibiotics to children to save their lives so they can pass their "weakened" genes on to the next generation? Doesn't that go against the mechanisms that allowed us to grow more complex, and survive until we are what we are today?
Also, is it selfish and dangerous of us to want longer lifespans at ever increasing expense to our children? When social security first came out the average life span after retirement was only a few years, but today it can often be measured in decades, and usually requires very expensive health care to do it. There's also the issue of a growing population pitted against finite resources that are increasingly being fought over.
Lastly, with all the problems the above can incur, is there a reasonable expectation that science will soon be able to provide the technology to "clean the gene pool" in a humane way, and allow longer lives without such great expense for medical care, and natural resources?
Yeah, I had a similar discussion with a co-worker. He kept calling Obama a Communist. When I corrected him that Obama was pushing some mild Socialist reforms, he came back with the 'fact' that Communism and Socialism are the same exact thing.
I ended it with something to the effect of, "Okay, this discussion is over. You're too ignorant to participate in it." He's one of the Fox News idiots ... I think the only one we have in my department, thankfully.
Totally Igroant question.
To me, the issue is more complex than your question states. Your question, in part, appears to assert an indirect implication that there is mostly cost with little benefit when it comes to health care that increases lifespan. The elderly are rich sources of first-hand knowledge. And while not all old age equals wisdom, in spite of exceptions, certainly it is a valid general rule. So then, I think, if we're going to look at this issue in terms of expense, we need to ask: what is the cost vs benefit analysis? Yes, there are costs (and not just monetary)...but do the benefits of longer lifespans outweigh those costs?