In quite a few of my earlier posts I have touched on our ability to disregard our responsibility towards one another. In the last couple of days the relevance of such a message has been epitomized by the reports from London (via the BBC) of the contribution to the tragic death of Jacintha Saldanha by the actions of an Australian broadcasting company. That company both authorized and exploited the hoax telephone call to the hospital in London where the Duchess of Cambridge was being treated for complications in the early stages of her pregnancy, and where Jacintha Saldanha was the unfortunate duty nurse who was deceived by the hoaxers into transferring their call to the nurse who revealed the medical details of the duchess's condition.
I doubt that we will ever fully know the back-story to this event. If we did, it might well enable us to understand the way in which so many interlocking and perhaps even fortuitous events contributed to the eventual terrible outcome. In the absence of that information it seems even more important for us to be alert to the possible consequences of actions, that, while apparently trivial or insignificant in themselves, nevertheless were the product of retreats from awareness of our reponsibility to behave humanely towards one another.
I'm afraid I see this whole episode as dramatizing the situation which humankind is still apparently reluctant to face. Built in escape clauses seem to be an apparent given of our current gobal sensibility. Jacintha's personal emotional agony is in microcosm what is faced by many millions in a many million different forms, and all resulting from almost willful ignorance and self-exculpation. We've got to do better than this.
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