Conventional attempts to resolve social disparities. whether done governmentally or privately or personally, can cope with these only partially, impersonally. temporarily, superficially, and piecemeal.  All of them are impotent against what is the fundamental reality of death, which is not only something that is eventual, but hems in everything the people do at every moment.  The awful common vulnerability of every person to death is particularly poignant with the poor.

People are psychologically healthy to the extent that they confront the reality of death instead of ignoring it.  It is this realization and the manner in which people invest their lives in doing so that is able to form a platform of actions from which people can end hostility between themselves and within themselves.

Life spent ignoring death is pretentious and manipulative and those who suffer social discrimination already suffer enough without also being the pawns of conventional misplaced charity.

Peter Maurin, founder of the Catholic Worker