"Man, you mean to tell me that you think I'd charge you five dollars to get something to cure your little girl?" --Tommie Bass
I think that this quote really highlights a major issue in our society today. It appears as if acts of selflessness and the common good are less and less prevalent as time goes on. I wouldn't know for sure but by the way you hear adults talk about the past and this decline in moral fiber from generation to generation, it seems as if this is the case. His display of selflessness and a willingness to help those in need is just inspirational. I believe that most people enjoy the opportunity to witness a kind act or in this case, read about one because it is uplifting and comforting to think, even for just a moment, that there's hope someone would do the same for you.
In my own life I tend to try and be helpful when a person is in need but each time that I experience a negative consequence when helping someone it makes me think more and more that I shouldn't worry about helping other people. I would like to believe that other people feel the same way and that this may be the reason that we are seeing a decline in societies willingness to lend a helping hand. For instance, you don't tend to pick up hitchhikers, or stop to help someone on the side of the road. Most people don't get lifesaving medical attention for free, out of the goodness of a doctors heart. I think that what this profile tells us about our culture is that overall we are a bit selfish.
A theme from this profile is the effectiveness of herbal/home remedies:
There are roughly 783000 deaths per year related to modern medicine. That's a bit of an eye opener. Obviously there a number of lives saved by modern medicine as well, so we can't judge modern medicine too quickly. There are a number of herbal/home remedies that are effective in relieving common symptoms, which is mostly what the average individual takes over/under the counter medicine for.