Originally posted by ThousandIslandSunny
There is so much privilege in the USA that clearly some of you cannot conceive of a life without that privilege and freedom that it gives you.
I am saying to go live in a tent if it means that you and your family will be a safer distance away from any radiation and other chemicals poisoning
the land and water in Japan right now. You say:
I dont need luxury, but my kids do need stability, and not to be living in a flipping tent, or a shelter with people that could hurt them in
the short term.
and I am the one acting 'privileged'?
I dont feed them contaminated food or water to the best of my knowledge. I budget as well as I can, and we buy and drink and cook with and
brush our teeth with imported mineral water. I only buy imported food, or food from places way to the south of Japan, or the extreme north. Im very
careful about what my children eat.
I never said, nor insinuated, that you would intentionally feed your children contaminated food. My point is, that the government in Japan has shown
itself to be willing to lie about the facts regarding the seriousness of this disaster -- so how do you know your food is safe?
If you have the means to test it, and you are confident in your ability to know what is safe, what is not, and are able to measure the radiation
levels in your area and you find them to be safe in your opinion, then what's the problem? Then, you are safe and this entire discussion is
Sorry, but YOU ARE being judgemental, and very offensive to suggest Im not doing everything in my power.
As I have stated, empathy and sympathy do not always play out well when reading text on the Internet. I feel for your plight, and merely offered what
I would do as a suggestion. Not once did I say what was the right or wrong decision. Ultimately, it is up to you to decide what you are comfortable
Ten miles a day, in 35 degree heat and extreme humidity, with one child under 5. You would be lucky to do ten miles, and not go down with heat
exhaution. You woudl do that to your kids? Sleep rough? Beg for food? Then you are not half the mother I am.
Yes. If it meant survival
, I would 'sleep rough' and I would beg for food. I am not above asking for help when I need it and I am not above
sleeping in a tent for how ever long it takes to get back on my feet and regain some sense of normalcy.
My children have to have a future, that means working, and being able to compete. When your weak little American kids are being mollycoddled
mine are working 3 grades ahead in math and science.
Here we go again. Here's the bottom line:
Do you feel your health is in jeopardy?
Do you feel that the food you are eating and the air you are breathing is healthy?
Do you feel that your children are in an environment that is healthy?
Do you think that the radiation levels are now safe, and that the soil is safe, and that within 30 years you will actually be able to dig in the dirt
without getting a rash or something worse?
If the answer to the above questions is yes, then you have no need to worry nor should you consider leaving.
However, if the answer to any of the above is no, then it doesn't matter how many grade levels your children are above mine. In thirty years, if you
feel your health is in jeopardy now, you will be too busy caring for their illnesses and not worrying about whether or not they are working. Sick
people, terminally ill people, do not work very much!
I do not want charity. If I had the opportunity to pay my own way and move, then I would.
This seems to be an issue of pride. Perhaps we are simply culturally different, but just as I donate to charities for people that need it, as I did
for Japan, Chile, Haiti, Katrina, etc., I would certainly accept charity if I needed it.
This is the last time I will state what I have said repeatedly before:
The situation in Japan is obviously heart-wrenching and extremely difficult. Nobody, including myself, is making light of the dire situation. Nobody
is judging you for your decision nor can anyone know exactly what you are going through.
However, my goal, and I believe the goal of other Americans and others on this site, is too offer help, advice, money....something.
Despite what you think about Americans, and I think your opinion is merely based on our conversation that has obviously taken a turn for the worse, we
generally give more to charities and donate freely whenever there is a crisis anywhere in the world.
I wish you and your family well.
edit on 11-6-2011 by lpowell0627 because: (no reason given)