When we think about health and wellness, or more rarely, its converse, death and illness, we are troubled by the unfairness and arbitrary nature of it all. Now that modern medicine has conquered a great many illnesses (especially infant disease and death) we assume that we will have longer and healthier lives than our parents, and that most other people will too.
But then we hear of tragic cases and it seems so unfair. Suicides, rare diseases and a seemingly random genetic lottery strikes one person down with a fatal disease, while others smoke their way into their nineties. “It’s not fair”, we think.