Monday, May 27, 2013

Malaysia, care of the aged

This is a video showing how, with all the changes in society in Malaysia, no provisions have been made for the care of the aged, as families are increasingly unable or unwilling to care for their geriatric members.  This video is in German language.  It really makes one think about many things more deeply.  It will make an impression even without the words.  Elderly have been abandoned to themselves, to hospitals, to the care of strangers who out of the goodness of their hearts put them all together in one big room to help each other best they can (which is not very good).

One thing that resonates with me is the parallel to grief.  In some ways, grief isolates you like these elderly are abandoned and isolated.  Who wants to talk with you about your loss, your loneliness, your pain? What happened to family and friends?  How did you get into this prison of abandonment or frozen incompetence?  -- I know all this, and still, I too, don't want to hear all about someone else's grief, the never-ending, old stories of those who have nothing else going on in their lives.  It is no joke that the commandments about loving people is at the first about honoring your parents before all the other commandments.

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