Supposedly western culture values the individual more highly than other cultures. It is said that individualism is a fault of western culture. I don't agree with the latter and I don't know about the former.
Stories like the two below challenge me to reassert the rights of the individual. How can people be so basically uncaring?
Dr Bongi wrote this about an incident several years ago:
"good evening sisters." no answer, unless silence is an answer. "sorry
to bother you but the patient in bed 5 in cubicle d is in a bit of
"we'll check on her now now." i knew what
meant in our strange south african english. now now was not as soon as
now and implied no urgency. now now was not as now as i wanted it to be.
"mamma, i'm here" i whispered as i approached her bed, just in case she
was asleep. she lay with her head to one side. she didn't stir. i walked
closer and took her hand. it was cold and clammy. i leaned towards her
face. even in the darkness i could see her eyes were open, but they were
fixed in the stare of death. she had died alone and i had failed her completely.
Please read the whole story here. It's heartbreaking.
And Cheri shares about something that happened just the other day.
They took her back to that hospital several times over the next two weeks,
only to be told there was nothing wrong, and were sent home. By the
time her frantic parents finally got someone to pay attention a week
ago, the hospital-acquired blood infection had thrown her into
This is also a heartbreaking story. Read it here.