Today CNN reported that there has been an increase in the number of men getting vasectomies, attributing this to (what else?) the downturn in the economy.
The article says that Dr. J. Stephen Jones, a Cleveland urologist, was told by his patients that
… they were getting vasectomies because they were losing their jobs and health insurance, or concerned about being out of work soon.
Seems like a wise choice. What made me think is that the prevailing attitude of “going without” now includes life itself. I’m not defending or criticizing the patients’ decision; rather, I think it’s a barometer of just how bad things are for people.