Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Cause of Death: Indicator of Privilege?

Ways I've known people to die include airplane crash, glider crash, hang glider crash, car crash, ski crash, scuba accident, drowning while swimming, heart disease, emphysema, suicide by hand gun, suicide by drowning, and old age. The only warfare-caused deaths in my circle happened during my childhood, during Vietnam (which says something about class divisions, since we've have been at least 15 years of war, during my adulthood, and I have no acquaintances who have died--or even been injured--in them.) If there's an indicator of the privilege in my life, it's in the way that people in my circles have died, often while recreating, or by their own hand (alcoholism and smoking were also factors.)

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