Why me?


"Iniquities of War, Inequities of Life" by former CIA analyst Ray McGovern, who describes how his bout with cancer has influenced his view of the grotesque injustice of war and the more mundane injustice of American medical care:

For the oppressors, what is worthwhile is to have more — always more — even at the cost of the oppressed having less or having nothing. For them, to be is to have and to be the class of the ‘haves.’ Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed

The cutting was over; the stitches were in; the pain was slight; and there I was, wide awake in a comfortable hospital room, welcoming 2008 with painful questions.

For the hundredth time I found myself asking, Why me? But wait — it may not be what you’re thinking.

The troubling question was why was I privileged to have prompt access to the best in medical care, when such is not available to most of our veterans and some 50 million sisters and brothers in America. We are called to be concerned about our brothers and sisters. It did not seem fair.