Deaths of despair
It’s hard to imagine a more alarming sign of a society’s well-being than an inability to keep its citizens alive. While some of the reasons are mysterious, others are fairly clear. American society has become far more unequal than it used to be, and the recent increases in mortality are concentrated among working-class Americans, especially those without a four-year college degree.
For many, daily life lacks the structure, status and meaning that it once had, as the Princeton University economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton have explained. Many people feel less of a connection to an employer, a labor union, a church or community groups. They are less likely to be married. They are more likely to endure chronic pain and to report being unhappy.
These trends have led to a surge of “deaths of despair” (a phrase that Case and Deaton coined), from drugs, alcohol and suicide.
I don't like this world anymore.... Maybe I should just pull back and stop reading the news…. I sure wish I could…. I do not like this world and am GLAD I'm almost outta here….. I feel so sorry for my dear little great granddaughter who just turned 4 this week. What our children and grandchildren will be facing is horrendous—there is no other way to put it.... I seriously don't know how I'm going to get through the next few years…. it's all getting to be just too much!
They look me squarely in the eye and they say, “All is well”
Can they imagine the darkness that will fall from on high
When men will beg God to kill them and they won’t be able to die?
I actually share your thoughts. But I hope you won’t worry too much about “getting through.” Tribulations aside, I am managing to be grateful for the chance to be alive. Even just to watch the whole world unwind! What a privilege!!