We’ve in danger of outsourcing care in Australia.
Once in Australia there were few community services, charities and caring concerns. Families looked after their own. Neighbours called on each other. Communities rallied around a cause, and churches did the heavy lifting of charity.
As we’ve got richer, we’re become specialised. We’ve developed nursing homes, disability services, day care centres – all very good. But one of the side effects of this is – we’ve outsourced care. Some of us can get through the whole of life without ever having to care for anyone, and, with that goes our capacity for compassion.
Care becomes a profession; paid per hour. Maybe it’s time to slow down. Add a little care back into your life – for your children, elderly parents, friends, neighbours. We don’t want to be people who don’t care.
Paul Clark’s musings can be heard on radio across Australia and at atthetop.org.au.