Reuters carried a story yesterday about a German man who had been dead for seven years before he was discovered in his apartment. I found the story rather shocking, unnerving.
I wonder how many people in the world are friendless and have also been abandoned by their families? Probably lots. After all, this is a throw-away world, one where we get rid of anyone or anything that is not of use to us. Loyalty come what may is a scarce commodity and getting scarcer.
Last night on television I saw welfare people explaining that they had to turn away hundreds of people from homeless shelters because there just wasn't room. But these weren't alcoholic old men but whole families as well as men and women in their thirties and forties who had to sleep in parks and under bridges! And this is in Australia, the supposedly Lucky Country (thanks John Howard for making the rich richer).
Caring for others was once considered to be a virtue. Now, for many, caring is restricted to one's self!