Within the span of a generation,
the remarkable advances of material and communication technologies
have altered our sense of the possible, as our respective societies
seek to manage age-old human problems. As it has ever been, a
fundamental objective for any society is the maintenance of its
collective good health. From this objective, the resulting and
continuing challenge is simply to define:
to adapt available resources to the fundamental objective of a
society’s good health?
The quality of Healthcare has always
been dependent upon the transfer of medical knowledge. The imposing
acceleration of technical capability, as seen within the single
generational move from radio to TV to digital communication via
the internet – firmly establishing the so-called Digital
Age - offers a significant opportunity to affect positively the
transfer of medical knowledge. Therefrom was the impulse to create
our Rays of Hope Foundation (RoH), first defined in the process
of exploring digitization of that medical knowledge with its promise
to improve greatly the process of health service delivery.
And about the butterflies....
months after the end of World War II, the young Swiss student-physician
Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, in her adult life so well known
for her seminal work associated with "Death and Dying”,
took leave from her medical training in Switzerland to see
first-hand the horrors of the newly-opened Nazi concentration
camps at Majdenek, Dachau, and Buchenwald. Trying to explain
what she had witnessed, she was puzzled by the experience.
For frequently in these children’s “lagers”
she saw images of butterflies. Drawn with charcoal on walls,
scratched in wood,.. Why?” . The young Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
later concluded: "... it must have been because ...
for all of us ... Butterflies are a symbol of Hope."
Wheel of Life - Autobiography" (Chap.10 "Butterflies"),
Elisabeth Kubler-Ross, 2004]