HARDE TO KEEP IN MEDICAL SITUATIONS
What is “Dignity”?
The English word dignity comes from the Latin word,dignitas, which means “worthiness.” Dignity implies that each person is worthy of honor and respect for who they are, not just for what they can do. In other words, human dignity cannot be earned and cannot be taken away. It’s an inalienable gift given to us by God, and every other good thing in life depends on the safeguarding of our fundamental dignity. As the Universal Declaration of Human Rights puts it, “recognition of the inherent dignity…of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world.”
The inherent dignity of each individual just because of who they are does not easily survive intact when encountering the U.S. medical system and that has been a significant struggle for me as I encounter life as a lifelong patient. Our dignity…
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