I barely know where to start with this subject because it could go in about a million different directions, but I’ll start with the obvious
declaration that to deliberately harm, abuse or kill a child can never be justified.
The recent incident at Sandy Hook has received so much attention that it overshadows the stark reality of heinous crimes perpetrated against children
How many of the world’s children, including our own, are regularly kidnapped and sold to the highest bidders in the sex industry, to be used and
brutally traumatized every agonizing day of their short lives?
How many “unwanted or damaged” children are used as guinea pigs and human lab rats by the medical and pharmaceutical industries?
How many of the world’s children are killed every day of the week in places many people couldn’t find on a map, mowed down by weapons that are
manufactured primarily by Americans and are openly deployed by Americans wielding joy sticks to free up resources needed by major corporations ~ whose
products are then blithely bought by Americans who feel those benefits and perks are uniquely their own?
Meanwhile, we and other so called first world nations peoples stand idly by as our own children become malnourished and homeless in the face of the
consolidation of obscene wealth into the fat hands of a few. No legislation is rushed through to save these children. No media moguls speak out in
their defense. No one does anything.
Either children are precious, or they are not.
Throughout history, many cultures have been especially cognizant of the well being of the very young and the elders, unfortunately, ours is not one of
them. Painting pretty pictures in elementary school text books and reciting embellished fairy tales about our brave new beginnings and heroic deeds
has blurred past realities until they are unrecognizable and at some point in time we need to come to grips with the fact that our history is replete
with the rampant abuse of children and others who were not able to protect themselves.
People today still cling to the illusion of protection by words written hundreds of years ago, even as they watch that paper being shredded line by
line, word by word by elite politicians at the behest of elite money moguls. So I challenge you to read the story of what can happen to those who are
willing to trade away even the slightest measure of protection from those who care for none but themselves. This is the story of the original Hunger
Games and although it is not meant in any way, by me at least, to detract from the obscenity of the black slave trade of early America, it is a
warning to us all because history, if unlearned, will repeat.