“Is this then, who we are now? A nation so rich that we can easily hurdle the problem of infertility by travelling abroad to pay poorer women to have our children; and yet so poor in spirit that we would then abandon those infants for the crime of being born… somehow less than perfect?”
IN our pursuit of the best care for the most vulnerable in society I have left no stone unturned. My search has taken me overseas to observe how different cultures treat their most vulnerable. It can be enlightening.
One thing that has stood out is that there is a basic human desire, in most people, to care for and nurture everyone in their community. In many Far Eastern cultures for example, everyone in a community looks out for those who are alone, elderly or very young and of course the disabled.
Coping with disability in a culture where resources are insufficient adds extra strain on already stretched finances. It can very tough and demands inspire thinking, but one solution that many embrace is to try and encourage people to take on some of the decisions about how they live their own lives and the choices they make.
It means the individual thrives, improves and they discover strengths within themselves they never realised they had. If the community sees that the individual is willing to try then they ensure that they rally round to provide the necessary support.
Individuals faced with difficult conditions become increasingly resourceful as they look within themselves to decide the kind of lives they want to live and then step up to the plate to make that happen.
uStep has been founded on that principal. Our ethos is to treat every individual as they could be so that they can become what they would like to be rather than treat them as they are so they stay as they are.
In some cultures disability is seen as weakness, yet when the chips are really down the basic human instinct to care, support and protect despite tough circumstances.
Interestingly those who are poor in resources are often wealthiest in spirit and conversely those with the most can be amongst the most poor in spirit.
Wealthy nations and individuals try to solve problems by throwing money at them. But what if it all goes wrong? We can never be guaranteed perfection, particularly not with the human condition. Then we all have to rally round and make sure we have the best care and support available for those most at risk in society.
Yes, investment up front is often the precursor to success in the long term. But to find really workable long term solutions for care and support problems we have to think differently.
As uStep evolves, ubu will focus on the fact that we are caring for people not patients and that everyone benefits by them being integral in society.
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