The topic of death continues to be controversial owing to thedifferent perspective individuals hold about it. Various factors areinstrumental in determining one’s susceptibility to untimely death.Race is a significant factor when it comes to its ability to make onesusceptible to death. For example, vulnerability of people of a givenrace emanates from the biological set up that constitutes them. Thebiological system dictates the ability of the body to efficiently getto manage particular diseases and their effects. Because of the same,people from a particular race could be at a higher risk of developinglife threatening conditions that increases their chances of facinguntimely death.
Social class plays a vital role in determining one’s vulnerabilityto their untimely death. For example, poverty increases one’ssusceptibility to death. People having a low income have limitedaccess to quality healthcare services. If they were to fall sick, theonly option that exists for them is access poor quality healthcareservices. The effect of the same is a reduced chance of them to betreated and reduce the likelihood of their sickness getting toconditions that are life threatening. Further, poverty subjects oneto a condition where they lack appropriate nutrition. People of thatclass end up ingesting foods that lack the essential components tohelp in improving their overall immunity. The effect is that theyhave to constantly seek medical attention that in most cases issubstandard and unable to address their healthcare concerns. Contraryto the same, individuals from a higher social class have access tosome of the best care if they were to fall sick reducing the chancesof them facing death.
Geographical location is the other factor that is of essentialsignificance when it comes to determination of how vulnerable one isto death. For example, there are individuals living in places thatare prone with earthquakes (Blaikie, Cannon, Davis, & Wisner,2014). Such people are likely to face increased risks of losing theirlives if the event was to occur. Contrary, people living in placesthat do not encounter geographical calamities have a reduced chanceof getting vulnerable to death. Geographical location protects one orsubjects them to a high likelihood of untimely death depending on thepresence or absence of factors that are life threatening.
Religion impacts the timing of one’s death based on the norms heldby the people practicing the same. For example, there are religiousgroups that acknowledge death as a punishment for particular wrongdoing. People who commit a given crime that is punishable by death inaccordance to the type of religion that they practice are likely toface death (Cooney, 2014). The time with which the death sentence ispassed would be in alignment with the rules that have been outlinedby those who ascribe to the given religion. Further, religion coulddictate the means of death based on what has been practiced. Forexample, some religious groups allow stoning to be employed to punishfor a given crime committed. In such a case, the means of death of agiven individual is defined by the religion they practice.
Ability may have little or no impact in determining one’s death.For example, people have limited control on death. Sometimes itoccurs when an individual least expects it to occur. An example is inthe case of a road accident when one is knocked down by an oncomingvehicle.
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