Reliance on Others

Everyone relies on other people in their life, although some individuals might be reluctant to admit this reliance.  This reliance causes issues when the people you rely on fail to do what was expected of them. This is demonstrated in both the article “UN poverty official touring Alabama’s Black Belt: ‘I haven’t seen this’ in the First World” and through the texts we read during the semester.The article discusses American citizens in Alabama who have basic human rights and deserve to live decently, yet are denied access to clean water and exposed to diseases like E.Coli and Hookworm that are not usually problems in first-world countries. This is a result of government failure to spend money to provide citizens basic human rights which were promised to citizens.  Due to the government’s inability to follow through on their promise of providing basic rights to these citizens, they have caused unnecessary ailments and problems. Similar to how the government did not provide assistance to the Alabamians who relied on them, extreme trouble arose when the doctors did not provide adequate care for patients who relied on them. Although it is still heavily debated, most individuals agree that healthcare is a basic right.  People rely on doctors to treat them properly. When the doctors fail to provide treatment, complications occur.. This occurred in Medical Apartheid, when ill people went to the hospital for treatment, only to become part of medical experimentation without their consent. These people relied on their doctor to help them, only to be taken advantage of to benefit the doctor. A trusting relationship should exist between a government and its citizens and a doctor and their patient, but due to constant exploitation, many of these relationships are jeopardized.  This can lead to horrendous situations due to the inability to rely on the people you need.



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