We are spending phenomenal sums trying to save a small minority. Recently, an important journal has seen fit to address this issue. I highly recommend that is you can lay your hands on the article, you read it and think very hard on the discussion that I hope it begins.
The United States has gone Alan Alda in this score. Hawkeye saw death as an enemy to be conquered through the skills and dedication of the saintly doctors who saw life as the only value on the planet.
I question this belief.
Death comes to all. It appears to me that through the means of relentless and profligate use of technology, we have so cheapened the concept of life of as a full cycle, defined by dignity and freedom, that we are poisoning our collective souls.
To meet ones maker is the one true passage of life other than entering the mortal coil. To pretend that the passage of death is an enemy to be fought takes from us the touchstone that our actions here on this earth are rites of passage to another, possibly greater existence. Instead, by the mistaken belief that the loss of your individual ego is an evil event, we place our personal existence, comfort, and desires as the be all and end all of existence.
Even if one chooses to not believe in an afterlife, the focus on the extension of ones personal existence is a burden on those around. How much of society must have an inadequate level of health care at the most basic levels in order for the monstrous egos of both doctor and patient to be further inflated by the strip mining of resources better devoted to more basic needs?