Why Would You Buy Life Insurance If You Don't Really Have a Life?

Published the week of Aug. 23-29, 2000

Aug 23, 2000 at 4:00 am
Michael Perkins
UAW Member

"Well, everyone has a life, I would think. If you doin' what you're doin', you obviously like what you're doin', so that's your life. We might need to get a better life, but we all have a life."

Roberta Russell
Server, Hammerstone's

"Everybody runs around saying 'Get a life, get a life.' It's like saying nothing matters. It seems that our whole society is based on that negativism. I'm saying I have a life in Jesus Christ. When I die, I'm going to heaven -- there's my life insurance."

Jason Craig
Manager, Vintage Room

"You buy life insurance for that remote possibility that someone may use what little you have left over to jump-start their own miserable life. Remember, money doesn't buy a life, but it doesn't hurt."

John Prosser
Manager, Creepy Crawl

"I've got a life. Otherwise, what's the point? You can't sit at home on the couch every day watching TV. You've got to get out there, live it up. Anyway, my dad works in the insurance business, so I don't even worry about it."

John Komar
Parental Caregiver

"Because those who you love do have lives. I think that two-thirds of your own identity revolves around your immediate loved ones. For the most part, you're running tired with everybody else. I do have death insurance, and it's backed up. I've got my own plot, and my stone's already there waiting for me."

Betty Rutter
Night Cook, Eat-Rite Diner

"Well, I don't know. I guess I wouldn't need it if I didn't have a life, but the reason I have life insurance is, I want to be put away right when I die."