Thanksgiving. To who, and for what?

Today our American friends celebrate the 2011 harvest. In Europe we celebrated Harvest Festival some weeks ago. It would seem that now is the time to be thankful – for God’s generosity, and man’s love for all, whether family or stranger.
And there is much to be grateful for – from the fruits of the earth to the medical advances and care for the poor and sick, and particularly for the very young and very old.

But these gifts aren’t distributed equally. My wife is currently reading a biography of Dr Harold Shipman, thankfully one of the very few medical practitioners to have ignored the Hippocratic Oath and abused the gifts we think that every doctor embraces. The facts however suggest a different story. Not as dramatic as the horror story authored by mass murderer Shipman, but similarly effective; in the UK we have been shutting down publicly run homes for the elderly for years. 
Millions of pensioners have been told to find an alternative to a state subsidised end to their life on earth. 
How disgraceful.

Putting the burden of paying for such care on the individual is all well and good as long as people can afford to pay for it, but what if they can’t? 
Care isn’t cheap, and the relatively poor will increasingly struggle to afford it. In the UK the bottom tenth of earners saw their pay creep up just 0.1% between 2010 and 2011 while the top tenth saw their pay grow 18 times faster.

And that’s just within the relatively rich UK. Worldwide, the top 1% of the world’s population own half the world’s assets, while the bottom 50% of the world’s population own just 1% of the world’s resources. 

Consider this against the backcloth that the world produces more than enough food to feed everyone. Yet 1 billion of the world’s population of 7 billion are starving. 

Now who should the starving be thankful to? And for what?     

Published by Rob

Now 70, I'm getting back into website development and brand protection, as well as showcasing the delightful artistic talents of my beautiful wife Lynne. My projection will encompass a lifetime of database marketing, as well as the Christian democratic socialist ideals of my wife and I.

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