A few days ago a blog reader asked this question on a forum and I've been thinking about it since then, or maybe I'm suddenly fascinated by the elderly among us 😚
The question went thus:
"Without sounding like a heartless person, is it right to crowd-fund to pay medical bills of an old person?"
The person went further to say "with the fact that we don't have a good health insurance system, why do we try to 'save the life' of very sick (older) people in this country through crowd funds?", and then further expressed some guilt by adding "Kai, God forgive me for my line or thinking🙈".
Well she asked a very valid question sha and yes the "audience" were torn between two sides. There were those who opined that there was absolutely nothing wrong with that, in fact this should not even be a question in the first place! They said, if you had an elderly parent that you love you will do all that you can to save and prolong their lives for as long as possible, it only makes sense, it's only right!
Others said it made no sense to do that, they have lived their lives, they are over 70 years and remember God promised us 70 so anything after that is a bonus, and that its okay to allow life or death to take its course. Some said the monies could be used for more meaningful and beneficial purposes.
Someone further went to ask that if you have N2,000,000 that you've saved up for long to start a business and your elderly parent suddenly falls ill and you need 4M for the medical bills, would you use your life's savings to add to the medical bills or keep it for your business? He said he wouldn't.
Both sides had very strong arguments and in the end I wasn't even sure where I stood. It's not a position that we ever pray to be in but think about it, is it right (and/or sensible) to crowd-fund (raise funds) to pay for the medical bills of an elderly person?
Oh btw TTB readers, let's have a bit of fun. Who do you think asked this question
c) Sasha Bone
The winners get free candy supply for the next one year 😂