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Liz Gwyther—Enlightened resolve 

Liz Gwyther—Enlightened resolve
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Liz Gwyther—Enlightened resolve
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Philip J Larkin

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10.1093/med/9780198703310.003.0013
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date: 22 September 2020

As a GP, specialist in palliative medicine, and now CEO of Hospice Palliative Care Association of South Africa, Liz Gwyther offers a clinical, organizational, and cultural perspective in this chapter. Key to that cultural expression across many parts of Africa is the ideal of Ubuntu, taken to mean the ultimate connection between us all as humans: ‘I am a person because you are a person.’ This echoes much of the literature which considers both the art and science of compassion. Moreover, as a leading proponent of palliative care as a human right, She uses the argument of connectedness to promote the view that together we are better, and that living in harmony makes the world a more compassionate and loving place in which to live. Ubuntu and the lessons learnt from the Rainbow Nation, coined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu in the post-Apartheid era, are meaningful to us all if we hope to strive for a compassionate society.

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