Value of Human Life

Yesterday we met a few of our friends over dinner and needless to say the current health crisis due to Swine Flu was discussed. As always people had contrary opinions on how the government should handle the crisis etc but comments from one particular friend shocked me. He said: “We should not make it a big deal and close down things in Hong Kong as it will curb our entertainment. At the most a few hundred poor people will die from Swine Flu and for that I should not be punished.”

I was shocked because first of all Swine Flu is not only affecting poor and secondly we have lost respect for human life. Today entertainment has become more important than saving human life. It is very easy to say it over a drink but very difficult for families of people who unfortunately get affected by such health tragedies.