February 20, 2003
Ours is a nation of hypochondriacs. That much is perhaps not news to you. We view everything in pharmacological terms, as opposed to gravitating toward things we enjoy and avoiding things we don't (as per tradition). But what is the intended gain of our vigilant protection of our collective health? What is the ultimate prevention of illness – prevention that is truly a preemptive cure – and when illness descends, how is it ultimately cured? We can't postpone death forever. We can't funnel infinite resources into the protection of life. So we CAN put a value on life. On a sliding scale?