Johnny Cash is considered a pioneer of “outlaw music,” yet even his secular compositions beat with a moral and religious heart. Cash’s childhood was stamped by country music and his mother’s devotion to the Pentecostal Church of God. When J. R. Cash was 12, several months after he accepted Christ, his older brother Jack—a preacher—was killed in a farming accident. Thirty-five years later, Cash’s instantly recognizable stage costume was not the sequin-spangled eye-poppers of his Grand Ole Opry colleagues, but the black frock coat of a 1920s circuit rider or undertaker.
In 30 years there will be as many people over 80 as under five, but there likely won’t be enough medical personnel to care for them. Medical students aren’t choosing geriatric care because the work is too hard and the pay too low. Some medical students shy away from geriatrics because they don’t like to face death, says one med school professor. “They’d rather take an anatomy exam for the eighth time than face a dying person,” he said (Vox, October 30).