I Want to Help, Example Included.


The only solution for those with lesser intellects; help them. Society leaves the dull and lame behind and favours those that propel themselves forward with natural and learned talents. But some people, no matter how hard they try, will never achieve intellectual success, and seeing as they are people just like us, we really should be responsible for them. A woman recently died here in New Zealand because her family had not paid the power bill, stories are mixed but it was obvious from the news coverage that this family was a few books short of a logical encyclopaedia.

Firstly, they never called the power company to inform them that they had medical equipment that needed to remain on.

Secondly, it’s still unclear as to how they spoke with the man who came to disconnect the power, stories range from the woman standing at her door and pointing at the oxygen machine, to the electricity company’s statement that he was never properly informed.

And lastly, a pretty obvious sign that these were not fully informed people, when the woman’s breathing became laborious, according to the son, he asked her if he should call an ambulance and she told her boy ‘no’ and that he should sing hymns for her and pray.

Sing hymns? To help your dying mother? Obviously this woman had a very skewed outlook on her universe.

It gets worse, one of the reasons the power was cut is because they are one of the many islander families in this country that join oppurtunistic churches which ‘request donations’ of 10% income. Perhaps this something I should have bought up in a religiously themed experience, but it seems pretty relevant here.

In the weeks after this woman’s passing, the ensuing media circus and politicians making the most of a hot-topic, the electricity companies carefully worded statements, the protests from people that consider their ill-informed opinion to be the best available. Sheesh, what began from foolish woman’s decision to risk her life for hymns and prayer became a mess of opinions and argument. Life huh? Anyway back to the point. This woman and her whole family is a strong example of how society does not make allowances for the stupid.

I’ve the opinion that this family wasn’t at fault, how is it their fault that they were never fully informed or that they do not have the reasoning skills to realise that when you rely on power to live, you need to let the company know. Let alone their paying the church and choosing hymns and prayer over an ambulance. Obviously they are a few cents short, and so those of us in society with all our intellect should make allowances for people like this. The company, as a supposedly intelligent entity (Given the number of brains at work in any company I would consider them all to be intelligent entities), the power company should make allowances for people like this… What kind of allowances? Perhaps an informational sheet compulsory to read for new customers, perhaps a representative knocking on the door and querying why they haven’t paid the bill…perhaps even a phone–call might have solved this problem. They did send a man to cut the power, and this man had the power to not cut if the situation called for it. And yet the family either did not know to tell him, or he did not obey or use the power available to him…and so she was torn from her family, wheezing her last breaths as her sons held hands and sung to her. The company might have avoided this, through a few different means, or they might be able to avoid it from now on. Last week the first advertisements began so that this will not happen (Hopefully) with power again.

It will and is happening in hundreds of other companies and services though, many of the processes required to obtain a new service or to even qualify for being a customer are complex long-drawn affairs. Shouldn’t every company have a means for dealing with those that are not able to do what others might achieve without effort? How can the stupid look after themselves? It’s up to us.

This story is also a good example of another negative effect that allowing the religious to go on believing has on society. If this family did not hold close a belief in god, they would have had more money to pay the bills, and the woman might have survived into obscurity as she received her oxygen on the way to hospital. So am I wrong to ask people if their beliefs in God are benefiting them?

Lots of different ideas here, what’s your point de vue?

smebro smebro
22-25, M
3 Responses Jul 15, 2007

TheTardyDodo and smebro are BOTH TOO SMART!<br />
This discussion makes both of my remaining brain cells scream.<br />
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* SIGH *<br />
Need rootbeer and more brain cells.

True, many good points Tardy, There is more to it then my simplified version which I really want to edit, but will not for the sake of legitimacy.<br />
It did always seem obvious that this information should be provided someplace. There is a number they can call, they were just never told. I still hold the company responsible for that, the family could not take action on something they did not know about.<br />
Also, this woman was not a beneficiary or anything; she was a kindergarten teacher, struck down with lung disease only a few months before this incident. And just because people with medical conditions are less able to access resources, does not mean that options to obtain these should not be readily provided, otherwise are we not just condoning evolutionary selection in the suburbs? Should we just accept that people with medical conditions are unable to access help?<br />
I knew that my religious reference was on shaky ground, A bit of a long shot I admit. It still amazed me that even as she found herself unable to breath, she did not go for the sure thing, an ambulance…***’on! I suppose that’s just another area they are ignorant in, the aid of medicine…or maybe no so much considering she knew the machine was keeping her alive. So I revoke my claim of religious significance in this event, I suppose it is an unfortunate back-ground fact that may or may not have held weight in the final tally.<br />
Although, for a poor family, with a power bill of $200 outstanding, they did well paying it off in small increments. So they were at least trying to pay and the two payments over the two months were evidence of this. The husband cried on ever news-spot as he explained having to pay for his wife’s medical needs as well as bills. They were, I believe, doing the best they knew to help this woman and to get by. I still think those of us who do know better should be helping the unfortunates like this, those not fully informed. But saying that is easier then imagining initiatives to achieve this.<br />
And how right you are TheTardyDodo, many intelligent people so not make for an intelligent organisation. What I was thinking when I wrote my very sure statement and assigned entity status to the company? I have always thought the human race incapable of conspiracy for that exact reason. Why is it that our cells can work together so well, but when we try to be cells we fail so miserably? Maybe it’s because we structure most of society in a fr<x>amework of ascension, while our bodies (And most of the universe) tends to work together in a balance. You cannot balance a system based on ascension. Even evolution is not about getting better, it’s about getting by, animals do not improve as a rule; they fit into a niche. Relevant here? Not unless I’m looking to design a new social fr<x>amework meme, so I better get back on track and wrap up.<br />
So, what’s the point of my reply if I am pretty much revoking most of what I said? I dunno… I suppose I’ll say that I still think that people who consider themselves better equipped to deal with their environment should be helping those who are not, but the big question is how? A charity? Nope, in this case I think the best action is one taken personally. Being more accepting of others lack of knowledge in certain areas and doing the best we can to help them, informing people at every given chance, doing the best we can to open eyes. Forming a system to solve a problem that is a result of systems would not be the most effective way.<br />
I think I just reinvented ‘pay it forward’…lol. Ah well, let me know what you think big-bird, is there anything to the lesser educated? Should we be helping them or trying to teach them or giving them money or what? Is there any hope in corporations? Will my libertarian imaginings ever eventuate? I want to hear your thoughts

From a purely systemic point of view, it would make sense that there should be a register of houses with critical electrical supply - ie those which have electrically dependent medical devices like in this instance. There would therefore be no chain of excuses. Also, people who have severe medical conditions are generally less able to access society's resources in any case. I am not sure that this is a good example of religion being a negative influence on their lives - even with that additional 11% income there is no guarantee they would have paid their electricity bills, nor that they would have sought timely medical assistance. Finally, companies are definitely not intelligent organisations - the basic organisation of their information flows and decision making is very rigid and non-analytical, unless specific sophistications have been included. Intelligent people within a simple but inflexible structure produces an unintelligent organisation. As you are direct proof of ;)