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It is said that a civilisation can be judged by the way it treats its vulnerable. If this is the case, then we are a beyond help, unless we have a major reset in our values and moral compass. 

Today I read with dismay and horror the story of an 83 year old woman with dementia who  " fell "  in an Australian hospital. Well, it must have been one hell of a " fall. " 

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Mrs B was being treated at Hornsby Hospital after suffering dizzy spells and having a fall at home. She had another fall in hospital, which her family were told about. But another fall saw her knocked unconscious and her family were not told for 5 days. 
The woman was discharged and transferred to a private respite home wearing a a hospital gown and with blood still congealed in her hair according to 9 news
Her daughter was appalled.
"I was shocked, I couldn't believe the state… couldn't believe it was the same lady," she said. 
"It was really overwhelming and heartbreaking. She's my mum, no one wants to see your mum like that, she's elderly, and it was her birthday, her 83rd birthday."
There is something very wrong with our " care " system.  
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68% of covid deaths are elderly people, despite being 1% of our population. 
There are TOO MANY reports of people in  " care " homes who are not being bathed regularly and are in short being NEGLECTED. Their personal hygiene ignored and their personal dignity discarded as if they are an inconvenience to society in general.
Like the horrific incidence of child abuse and neglect, the wanton disregard for the well being of our elderly is a National disgrace. 
Child neglect, elder abuse, animal cruelty, all on the rise. 
Abortion as a means of contraception is increasing and our Governments wave legislation through without so much as a shrug. Around 70,000 little lives are lost each year in Australia and our Leaders tell us that we need immigration to boost our population... no wonder.
During 2020, we have been told that human contact and interaction must be limited in order to prevent the Chinese Virus. Hugging, an embrace, a kiss on the cheek, a gentle holding of hands or a cuddle are banned. 
People are arrested for not wearing a mask. 
Not only are we being conditioned to distance ourselves from each other physically, we are deprived of the comfort of a smile. 
Unless we stop the insanity of social deprivation, under the guise of a global pandemic which kills less than .004% of those afflicted, all we are doing is encoruraging a less caring and less compassionate society than already exists. And that is dangerous to us as a caring, loving and generous society.

“The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated.”


― Mahatma Gandhi
Well, we treat our animals horrifically when it comes to live exports. We treat them appallingly when our Governments allow them to starve because they will not allow a farmer to transport hay and fodder across State borders; we treat them with cruel disdain when greenies prevent farmers from grazing their drought stricken stock in National Parks and we should hang our heads in shame when the Animal Cruelty legislation exempts halal slaughter.

"How a society treats its most vulnerable is always the measure of its humanity."

Statement by Ambassador Matthew Rycroft of the UK Mission to the UN at the Security Council Open Debate on Children and Armed Conflict

The way we are treating our elderly is abhorrent. Our people who have given so much throughout their lives to make our Nation a better place, a place where freedom was fought for on the deserts of Africa, in the jungles of Papua New Guinea and the battlefields of Europe, all these people contributed in ways that few of us can ever truly comprehend. And we allow them to be neglected and abandoned, callously cast aside like last year's unwanted Christmas gift.
What happened to this lady is a tragedy. A tragedy that is too often played out in hospitals, care homes and homes throughout our once great nation. 
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There are too many cases that go unnoticed, unreported and unseen.  
More worryingly, as we adapt to social distancing, the covering of our faces and the conditioning of us as a People to be isolated and suspicious of each other, we are removing what little semblance of social cohesion and care that remains.
I fear that we will destroy all remnants of love and compassion. 
Our society will be nothing more than a " what's in it for me ? " shell of its previous self.
 
A world without compassion is like a tree without root. Any society that lacks compassionate citizenry is a lifeless society.

We are heading down a road that is a dead end. We must start caring again.
 
 
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