Doing Well / Doing Good


The link above goes to a disturbing article about a drug company that has tripled the price of an anti-cancer drug because people literally can’t live without it.

There’s a huge difference between doing well and doing good. Novartis, the drug company is apparently doing well.

On the other hand, we have the example of Jesus curing everything up to – and including – death. The most He asked for was some hospitality.

I doubt that when we meet our maker, He’ll be impressed by our ROI (Return On Investment) or EBITDA (Earnings Before Interest, Tax, Depreciation, and Amortization).

I suspect He will judge us on WYDTLMB (Whatsoever You Do To the Least of My Brothers.)

One response to “Doing Well / Doing Good

  1. The days of doing well “without” doing good are over–with two exceptions: 1) Until we catch and expose the selfish-doers; and 2) When the cost to produce the needed commodity outweighs its demand and only government monies can afford to either produce it or purchase it.

    This happened in the spring of 1953 to Dr. Jonas Salk, who inoculated 4,680 children afflicted with Polio–those who could afford it. Everyone wanted it. Everyone needed it. Everyone deserved it. But Dr. Salk couldn’t afford to produce it–until the government stepped in to pay for it and make it available. In as short a time as May to September, the vaccine was made available to more than a million children financed not only by the government but by the March of Dimes. Within the year the incidence of Polio was reduced by as much as 95%, preventing as many cases as 390,000 in the US alone.

    While I am not one for government intrusion, when it comes to cry of cancer care–government assistance is definitely what we pay all our taxes for. We must care for our fellow citizens who cannot help themselves. The cost of cancer treatment is one of those cries for help.

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