I have a big issue with the suggestion that people who survive serious diseases or illnesses like cancer or Covid 19 are somehow better fighters than those who die.
That way of thinking suggests that the people who die are lesser beings in terms of their will to live.
All this hurts me deeply because some of the strongest, most life-embracing people I have ever known have been swept away by killer diseases. They did all the right things but they were up against the impossible.
Yes, it’s great if people survive but it’s crucial to remember that there is a huge amount of luck involved as well as other things like genes and access to health care.
We need to be extremely careful lest we intentionally or unintentionally cast those who die as ‘losers.’
In my experience, it is we who are the ‘losers’ as those who stand no chance may well be people with hearts of gold and oceans of talent, vision and creativity.