In South Africa, a new development has local and national governmental leaders wondering what course of action to take. The government is providing to all people suffering from AIDS a “cock-tail” of drugs that keep them functioning and and productive. The problem is that the welfare that these people would get if they were feeling ill does not kick in unless they continue to feel sicker. So, people have opted to stop taking drugs– risking their lives– in order to provide the welfare for their family.
We see this all the time as far a government underestimating people. We give support to single moms, and more mothers become single to get the aid. We give the poor food stamps and welfare, and they choose not to leave it– and why should they? People are supporting them having “the easy life.” For some, the only stigma is the fact that they’re welfare recipients.
As for the case in South Africa, these poor people are choosing death to support their family. What would it take for you? What event in your life, or what position would need to find yourself in order for you to opt to do physical damage to yourself in order for a family member or another to prosper?