Living Well, Being Ill by Jack Weaver

From “I will pray for you” to “I pity you.” These are some common phrases one hears from a loved one or a friend if one is not well. From pains of compassion to undisguised horror and sheer coldness, the emotions that healthy people imply in the existence of disease can seem like natural responses to its atrocity. Being unwell is commonly treated as a categorically negative experience. Health is linked to ideas of capability, agency, freedom, and possibility, standard entries in the roll-call of human growth. On the other hand, illness comes with constraint, fragility, loss, and restriction.