Originally posted by gps777
Personally i`ve been in a rescuer situation with an obese person on one occasion... she had been smoking in bed and fell asleep...
extremely heavy people are alot more of a burden on time and resources when other people are more easily rescued...
Sounds like the smoking is at least as much of an issue as the weight to me.
My point in this whole thing is that people, we, all of us, put a drain on the system in one way or another. Whether we're fat, have lots of kids,
are ill, smoke, have AIDS, don't wear our seatbelt or have been on welfare, we are a drain to the 'system'. And that's because that's what it's
Once we start separating out a group of people and looking down on them for their particular use of the public support, it can so easily become
discrimination. It divides us.
I'm fairly healthy, I work out regularly, eat pretty well and I quit smoking years ago but I just can't single out a group of people (even if they
put an extra burden in this particular area of the public system) because there have been times in my life when I
needed a little
extra support from the 'village'. There was a time when I lived on the streets, I've received supplemental support. I have needed that extra bit of
effort from the system and I've used it. Thankfully that's been behind me for many years.
I can't help but think that maybe one of these fat ladies on the rescue coverage opens her home every day for free daycare of the kids in the
neighborhood and takes care of the babies so the young mothers can go to their measly jobs and bring home a pittance to feed their kids.
I can't help but think that, somehow, it all works out in the end. And to pick out one segment of the population at one moment in time and take
negative notice of their burden on the system in the middle of a life and death rescue effort
is nothing more than kicking them while they're
Maybe you who are supporting the opposing mindset have never had an occasion to take advantage of the public support systems in this country and
that's great. But it is there for a reason. Not everyone can go through life without needing a little extra help, though.
I just look at the whole picture. There's no way I can say that any particular person at any particular time is more of a drain than they should be.
Who knows what these people have been through? What contributions
do they make to society that we don't know about, in spite of their fat? If
the fat lady runs a free daycare and works her big butt off taking care of the babies out of the goodness of her heart, does she deserve to be
rescued? If she has saved numerous babies' lives herself, is she worth the extra effort to save?
Being fat is one of the last acceptable prejudices. And I refuse to buy into it for any reason. You cannot logically reason with me into thinking that
because someone is fat or black or ill or poor or smokes or drinks or is homeless, that it's ok to judge them as not quite as deserving as the rest
of us. I refuse to think that way and I refuse to accept the prejudice as tolerable. It's NOT ok with me. And it breaks my heart to see that so many
-so readily- take up this uncompassionate attitude.