Thursday, 15 November 2012

Disability is Good for the Economy

Ok.  This is not going to be taken well by some people.  But the facts are the facts.
First of all, there are big corporations out there who are in the business of drugs and cheap food.  Who are the most likely to take drugs and eat junk, nutritionally bereft food?  Two groups – the poor and anyone with a disease or disability, often in a hospital or care home.
Business is all about increasing sales.  Mmm ... think about it.  Think about the chief executive of a transnational pharmaceutical company.  Do you think for one moment that this CEO would like to see a world that no longer required his company’s products?  It’s sick and perverse, but the system we have in place dictates that this CEO would have to want more people needing his company’s products.  The fact that these products are an indication of pain and misery does not seem to faze such CEOs.  In addition, this situation calls for creating more dependent humans.
What I see happening is that civilisation is becoming sicker and sicker.  There are billions of deformed, dependent, terminally ill, etc, etc people in the world today.  I believe that they are the backbone of the new age economy that is fast forming.
Not only are these people very compliant and willing to try whatever drug one cares to give them, they seem happy with whatever concoction is provided as food.  I wrote an article about feeding tubes.  That is the ultimate food for corporations, a slow drip, day in and day out of the same chemical cocktail that lasts for years on the shelf.  No worries about how the product is made or what goes in it, except will it keep the user alive.  Those taking it are often incapable of complaining and, if there is a next of kin or interested party, they usually just throw their hands up to the medical profession because it’s all beyond them.
It’s a big industry, caring for the sick and disabled.  There’s equipment, like wheelchairs, hoists and special baths.  There’s cleaning chemicals for them and the home.  There are drugs, lots of them.  There’s a need for cheap food which opens all kinds of avenues such as genetically modified foods, big ag and big factories.  There’s no need for real quality of life.  After all, the intelligence level can be quite low or simply numbed by the drugs.  The only requirement is to have them Stay Alive.
There’s no thought for the environment, and boy, talk about waste!  Plastic bags are used for putting in everything from soiled clothing in the wash to food waste.  The cleaning chemicals are used frequently without any worry.  Washing machines operate practically 24/7.  Heating operates 24/7.  Disposable pads are used.  Disposable gloves.  Disposable paper towelling.  Disposable syringes.  Lots of toxic waste is produced in the care of the sick and disabled.
This is what I mean about this topic not being popular.  Loved ones usually do not want to let go of close ones suffering from a disease or disability.  Even strangers are amused by disabled people smiling and making eye gestures, like one is with a cute pet.  I’m not advocating that we should take steps to end lives here though.  I’m just pointing out that the economic market reality that we currently live in is promoting the creation of more people with these issues.
It’s a cruel world that promotes the growth of the number of humans being confined to wheelchairs and beds, often without the ability to talk, their sole purpose it would seem, to be consumers.  It's a cruel world that fosters the growth of the number of unhealthy and mentally deficient people.  It’s one thing to be a consumer and be able to think about the products and complain if they don’t work.  It’s a whole new ball game when the consumers are totally dependent.
Is this slide into less than mediocrity on purpose?  Or is it an accident?  Whatever it is, it is happening.  Just look around you at the people in the world to see it.
In the UK, according to the Papworth Trust in 2011, about 200 babies are born every week with a learning disability, 1 of 20 children under the age of 16 are disabled and there are over 10 million disabled adults (24%) with about 770,000 being wheelchair users.  Of course, these statistics depend on what is officially considered disabled and people registering as such.  But whatever way one looks at it, the situation is not improving and we have a system in place that will ensure that it only gets worse.
One last point, with more and more jobs being performed by machines and the increase in the use of robots, the only purpose left for the vast majority of people will be to be consumers, and the disabled are very obliging ones.

Please also see my article called Survival of the fittest in the market economy for more information about the direction the current market economy is heading. 

Photo credit:  Are machines replacing your doctor?