That's the thing people often confuse desires with needs. This woman's plight is an example of true need. As in if she doesn't get a stem cell treatment she'll likely die.Need is infinite.
What do you mean "people"?
After reading the OP, I expected some positive feedback re the story. I guess I just don't learn....good god.
no wonder people call this the cesspool of anandtech. the guy does something good and you people are bitching?
The misunderstanding is completely on your end. The proof I offer is that all of the richest persons from history have died despite having ridiculous amounts of resources. Surely at least one of them would keep have kept himself alive if his seemingly limitless resources could meet all of his needs? The bottom line is that everyone dies. Trying to keep everyone alive is unnatural and very, very expensive. While I'm not arguing to let young people die just to save money, no progress will be made until people realize this simple slice of reality.That's the thing people often confuse desires with needs. This woman's plight is an example of true need. As in if she doesn't get a stem cell treatment she'll likely die.
There is probably more resources available to meet true needs than we're willing to realize because too many people are confusing the two.
You don't expect better of the United States?After reading the OP, I expected some positive feedback re the story. I guess I just don't learn....
At any rate, thanks Dave, nice story.
3) She got ill in the first placeYou don't expect better of the United States?
There is nothing "nice" about this story.
There are so many things wrong where do I even start:
1) The woman should not be in this situation to begin with if the health system of the U.S. wasn't the garbage that it is.
2) Stem Cell research and procedures should not be shunned like it is the U.S. and is embraced by the rest of the world.
Blah blah blah3) She got ill in the first place
4) Surely medical science should have advanced to the point where everything is curable.
Or... maybe... the world isn't perfect, certain things you just have to accept aren't going to be right (or, if you don't accept them, trying to do something to resolve them instead of bitching on a forum about them).
So, the situation is, this woman had a health problem that she probably stood next to zero chance of getting sorted with her own resources and skills, when the chance in a million came along and some rich guy just gives her all the money she needs to get that problem sorted. Most people would think "hey, that's a nice story".
But not you. First of all, all/most rich people are bastards in your book. When you fail to counter the points that people have put forward against yours, you shift your target to "the government are a bunch of bastards". My god, if anything particularly bad ever happened to you (say a debilitating accident or a chronic health problem), we'd never hear the end of it. Whether something could be done about it or not, you would probably spend the rest of your life blaming someone or something rather than just accepting what you have and getting the hell on with it and trying to make the most of it.
The last lines from my favourite poem (desiderata):
With all its shams, drudgery, and broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be cheerful. Strive to be happy.
A guy does something very nice, which probably won't be of much direct personal benefit to him, and likely saves a life as a result, and you're spending your time trying to paint the whole story as something bad. What is wrong with you?
She doesn't need health insurance. Anyone with end stage renal failure is automatically eligible for Medicare.but perhaps he could have taken a more conservative approach and offered her a job with health insurance instead of a handout
very cool. Thats a good use of the money!That dude is awesome. He donated a HUGE area of land in a nearby town to the town, the only stipulation being that they use it for children's entertainment and sports. It now has 2 soccer fields, 3 baseball diamonds and a giant ass playground. All paid for by Ty Warner.
Using Dave's logic he's now responsible for every pain anyone suffers as a result of that property. That asshole is hurting children!That dude is awesome. He donated a HUGE area of land in a nearby town to the town, the only stipulation being that they use it for children's entertainment and sports. It now has 2 soccer fields, 3 baseball diamonds and a giant ass playground. All paid for by Ty Warner.
So it's his responsibility to set her up for life since he gave her the money to save her life in the first place? It's not enough that the money he donated will SAVE HER LIFE, he also has to ensure she has an awesome life from now on?Exactly
If she survives long after the procedure she will still have to worry about money.
If anything he has made her life a living hell.
He could have made sure she never has to worry about money again just like himself.