Look East old chap
A certain amount of self-regard is no bad thing, but I can’t say the same about those, usually younger, people who appear to be obsessed with ‘selfies’. Talk about narcissism run riot.
My first camera was a box-Brownie and I could take eleven monochrome exposures before I had to remove the film and send it away for processing – I certainly wasn’t going to waste any of those exposures on a selfie.
I graduated in time to a Nikon 35mm and became absorbed for a while in the then dark art of photography. I even had a darkroom wherein an enlarger glowed in the dull red illumination of the safe light like a bulbous Shinto shrine. Which brings me nicely on to all things Japanese.
Japan has led the way in so many areas: all things electronic including mobile phones and the curse of the selfie, fatuous TV game shows and origami come immediately to mind. But more germane to this blog, the Japanese seem to have got elderly care relatively well-sorted.
A report from the Nuffield Trust https://www.nuffieldtrust.org.uk/news-item/following-in-the-footsteps-of-japan-making-social-care-reform-happen says that Japan’s ageing population made long term care the number one issue in the 1990s. Read the report to see how they’ve gone about it; there isn’t space here (the Japanese may have miniaturised poetry with the haiku but prose has still got them foxed).
The point I want to make is, the Japanese got their priorities right, and that’s what good government is all about. So perhaps, Brexit notwithstanding, we should be more outward looking and study how other nations have tackled social care provision – the selfie approach is not getting us out of the treacle.
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