Thursday, November 5, 2015
Suicide And Substance Abuse Spike White, Middle Aged Death Rate
Other groups and minorities have suffered greatly and have had higher death rates for decades, but this article makes it obvious Generation X isn't doing as well as the Baby Boomers and older Americans. Generation X has hit it's 40s and 50s. While they point to substance abuse as a cause, the dying economy has more to do with it too. It has not escaped my notice that people of my generation seem far more ill and are dying younger then their parents. Baby Boomers and older Americans hold 47 more times the wealth then Generation X and the millennials.
In my old rural town, some people were finished by their 50s with chronic illness and some of these folks had been clean-living but under incredible stress for years, and had no decent jobs or medical insurance. While drugs have played a part, the economic realities are in the forefront too. The middle class is dying and some are literally dying younger because of the changes to their lives. One video does discuss the economic implications: [mild language warning:]
There are spiritual implications here too. There are not only physical costs to the decay of society, greed and drug use, but spiritual ones as well. Life spans are growing shorter. People are giving in to despair with the suicide rate skyrocketing. The social break down of society via corruption and sin is evident in these numbers. When I was young they always spoke of "progress" and told me as a teen how we would live into our early 100s.
It was all deception.
Proverbs 10:27 The fear of the LORD prolongeth days: but the years of the wicked shall be shortened.
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