Can anyone tell me why even in what is considered to be a compassionate field of work, the Health care industry, prejudice and bias so openly exists? As a health care worker I have been sadly awakened to this travisty.let me tell you of just one instance I have witnessed. Working in the critical care field I see a lot of death. At one time there were two patients in the unit who were dying. One was a 45 year old man who was the very handsome husband of an attractive loving Woman. They had two children. His condition was the result of an accident suffered while participating in high risk sport activity. The second patient was a 43 year old woman who developed respiratory failure as a result of community acquired pneumonia. She also had several hospital acquired infections as a result of pro-longed hospitalization. This woman had cardiac issues due to morbid obesity. She was the mother of three children and the wife of a caring husband. both of these unfortunate people were actively dying and their families were extremely distraught.
A social worker was called to help both patients and their families. The social workers response to the handsome husband and father was one of great empathy and she and some of the nurses even shed tears for him and his family commenting on how sad it was that he was dying at such a young age leaving children without a father. That same afternoon I heard the social worker and nurses commenting on the rapidly approaching death of the woman patient. There was no empathy or compassion for this woman. The collective opinion was that this woman brought this on herself by not managing her weight and therefore the reaction to this 43 year old patient and her family was quite different then the reaction to the 45 year old handsome, male patient and his family even though his condition was a result of high risk behavior on his part. Can anyone tell me why?
I believe that there is a politically correct bastion of prejudice that people feel is alright. that is a prejudice against the obese and unattractive. This is irrational since the majority of Americans including many children are over weight and most people are not amazingly beautiful.
Can anyone tell me why it is ok to to be cruel to someone because you don't approve of their size or appearance? Is it easier to find fault in someone else rather then searching out your own imperfections?
Can anyone tell me how God feels about our nasty little prejudices? I would think He is not pleased.