Monday, April 12, 2010

Andrei What is wrong with this story?

Here is a heartbreakingly sad story from Invervargill.
A 43-year-old Invercargill schizophrenic died in a smelly, damp and mouldy city flat with rotting carpet despite being visited regularly by mental health workers, her family said.

This happens all to frequently an ill unwanted person dies alone and often in appalling circumstances and who isn't found for some time - often nobody notices until the smell hits the streets.

A clue to what I think is terribly wrong here lies in the words I have highlighted in the quote.

Here is another quote from the story again with a key phrase highlighted
A friend of the Mann family, Invercargill man Mike Batchelor, who entered the flat five days after her body was removed, yesterday said it was mouldy and the smell was "beyond disgusting". "There needs to be a big shake-up if people are allowed to live in these conditions. They need to find out how this happened and make sure it doesn't happen again," he said.

A question for you who may not yet have got my point - just exactly who are the "they" who are going to make sure this doesn't happen again? - and and you can be sure it will.

Surely if you have an ill relative or friend it is up to you to make sure of their wellbeing - the all wonderful welfare state is not an excuse to abandon your personal responsibility to your own - is it?

The best they to try and prevent these tragedies is you and me folks - big government can't do it, it is in fact pathologically incapable of doing so, although many of the people who work in this area are well meaning and do their best within the constraints of the system. Others of course are just time servers punching the clock and doing just enough to cover their backsides.

So my thought for today is if you see something wrong, somebody's needs that are not being met - give a thought to how you might be able to do something about it. - see it as your responsibility not that of some government functionary.

Its a sad fallen world we live in folks - we cannot fix it but we can fix little bits of it a little bit at a time and the more of us who do this the better it will become.

And if you think Governments can replace what individuals can accomplish all I can say is more fool you.

And lets pray for Jennifer Mann who died alone in grim circumstances because like the pharisees in the parable of the good Samaritan we all passed by on the other side of the street.

2 comment(s):

KG said...

"the all wonderful welfare state is not an excuse to abandon your personal responsibility to your own.."

Oh yes it is. For thousands of people that's exactly what it is.
And the State likes it that way--if a few people happen to die in squalid circumstances, then hey! that's just part of the cost of creating Utopia, comrade.

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