Wanneroo Weekender - - Opinion -

IT has be­come fash­ion­able these days to sug­gest that so­ci­ety is in a state of de­cline.

Per­haps this is not sur­pris­ing when news­pa­per and TV news re­ports reg­u­larly fea­ture ac­counts of per­sonal tragedies, car crashes, crim­i­nal as­saults and re­ports of ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties.

It is tempt­ing to say that our so­ci­ety is in­deed de­te­ri­o­rat­ing.

In my case, I have just had the most pos­i­tive ex­pe­ri­ence that has re­vealed the more pos­i­tive side of so­ci­ety and caused me to be­lieve that so­ci­ety is not in de­cline.

I re­cently had the mis­for­tune to suf­fer a heart at­tack fol­low­ing a hip op­er­a­tion.

I was ad­mit­ted to Hol­ly­wood Hospi­tal, where I ex­pe­ri­enced a much more pos­i­tive side to our so­ci­ety.

My three weeks in this hospi­tal showed me that there are many peo­ple in this world who are kind and help­ful, and who en­joy de­vot­ing their time in the ser­vice of oth­ers. These peo­ple do not make the news.

I shall be for­ever grate­ful to the staff, not only for their role in my re­cov­ery but also for show­ing me that there are peo­ple in this world who are un­selfish and our so­ci­ety is far from de­te­ri­o­rat­ing. DE­NIS LAWRENCE, Mul­laloo.

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