TED Conversations

Dyed All Hues

Thinker and Experimenter,


This conversation is closed.

How can we prevent people from cashing in on other people's misfortunes?

Pharmaceutical industry, insurance companies, casket stores, cemeteries, etc.

Basically, all these places cash in on other people's misfortunes.

Is any of it ethical or is it just a fact of life?


Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.

  • thumb
    Apr 6 2013: Well, obviously we all wish for the happiest life possible for all of us. But probably there are going to be some bad things along the way, and inevitably we're all going to die, so I would say there are many industries to help with the problems that arise.

    I wonder if you could say every business cashes in on people's misfortunes. For instance, is it a misfortune that after a few hours we get hungry again. So a supermarket cashes in on our misfortunes when they sell us food? Or without clothes we get cold, so the clothing stores are cashing in? But none of us want to go back to being animals, in fact animals have more misfortune, don't they?

    I think it all comes with being mortal.
    • thumb
      Apr 6 2013: I pose you the same question as for Mr. lockwood.

      To what extent would each separate corporation have to charge in order to break even to pay for the upkeep of each isolated sectors like the pharmaceutical companies and still help everyone who needs help?

      Difficult to answer on my behalf, but ask I must because it is a sticky situation that needs some light shed upon it.
      • thumb
        Apr 6 2013: As far as I know, Derek, everyone who needs help gets it. If you are poor, there are programs to help you pay for your medications.
        • Apr 6 2013: Sorry Greg.
          This is simply not true.
          And I am empirical evidence that it isn't.
          It almost killed me but somehow I survived and almost died since because of lack of medication and the money to purchase it.
          The last 16 years of my life have been hell, emotionally, mentally and most of all physically.
          And I couldn't get any help whatsoever. Nor did I.
          I just didn't die. Why? I have no idea.

Showing single comment thread. View the full conversation.