As most people know by now, cancer is a disease which goes hand-in-hand with a typical Western diet of junk food, too much alcohol and cigarettes and sedentary lifestyle. As African countries get wealthier and adopt the same living patterns, the cancer (and heart disease and diabetes type 2) rates start growing.
About a week ago I came across this Daily Mail article discussing the problem.
when did people in the West become so soft that they see physical activity as a plague to be avoided and manual labour as degrading and something to be saved from? No wonder we are going the way we are…
A good question. Well, upper class people have never had to do as much physical labour (because they employed or owned others to do it for them), and as the middle class became more prosperous, and as increases in technology have given us labour-saving machines of all different kinds, the middle class came to view manual labour with the disdain of the upper class.
And the more prosperous the Third World gets, the more they will embrace labour-saving technologies, which will lead to increasingly sedentary lifestyles, and so naturally, incidences of cancer, high-blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease will also accordingly increase.
This is why we need a new imperialism, to keep them down, so they don’t exhaust the planet’s resources and develop our health pathologies, etc. 😉
(Just kidding – or am I?)