Semi-logical Explanations Of Random Phenomena

Friday, February 17, 2006

Nothing Precious Left

http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/africa/02/17/zimbabwe.fetuses.ap/index.html

I'm posting 2 days in a row, which shows amazing self-discipline. Actually, I was just horrified by this story.

Summary: Zimbabwe's gutters are overflowing because they're jammed with corpses of dead babies and fetuses. To quote the Town Clerk Nomutsa Chideya "Apart from upsetting the normal flow of waste, it is not right from a moral standpoint. Some of the things that are happening now are shocking."

Ya think?!?

Everyone that knows me knows my "cause": children's rights. If you've had the misfortune of talking to me/emailing me/running into me in a gas station, you've probably heard my story: 100's of 1000's of babies (girls & those with disabilities) abandoned in the streets each year in China. Over 800,000 children in Russia/former USSR republics abandoned to institutions. Children with cleft palates, club feet, crossed eyes left to die because they're ruled "unteachable" and put in mental institutions worldwide. Guatemala children living in the garbage dumps. Children all over the world in various countries shuttled from foster care home to group home, lost in a sea of paperwork.

And then you have the ones that are being flushed down the toilets. Yes, flushed down the toilets. (See the article above).

I respect China, Russia, Kazakhstan, Guatemala, Colombia, Korea, and the Ukraine, as well as a few others, for their efforts. Their nations are not wealthy, cost of living is enormous, wages are low, the people cannot care for their children, so the state steps in. They do the best for what they have. And in all truth, those children seem to do ok if they are eventually adopted (few bonding issues, health probs, etc).

As opposed to America's little brats. Spoiled to TV/Computer games/playstation/Jerry Springer- they don't bond with anyone. They're out to get as much as they can and if you even think about telling them no, be prepared for DCS to show up. They're violent (thank you tv/movies), greedy (USA in general), undisciplined (duh), and know they have a free ride forever, if needed (thank you idiots in the gov't who created welfare!)

Whereas in Russia, at age 16, if you're an orphan, you're on your own. You figure out how to survive, they simply give you a change of clothes, $100 and best wishes (About 15,000 children leave Russian orphanages each year, once they are 16 to 18 years old. Of these, 5,000 are unemployed, some 6,000 are homeless, around 3,000 resort to crime, approximately 1,500 commit suicide, and roughly half the girls are forced into prostitution. There were over 700,000 orphans in Russia in 2000. After leaving their orphanages:
50% - fall into a high-risk category
40% - become drug users
40% - commit crimes
10% - commit suicide
(From The CoMission for Children at Risk, 2002, & Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, 2000., courtesy of http://www.russianorphan.org/orphan_facts/index.htm)

Its tragic when a child doesn't have parents. I wish I could change it. I wish I could fix it. I can't.

But its inhumane, ridiculous and unbelievable that in 2006, where we can buy scooters that float above the sidewalk, genetically engineered corn, and replacement synthetic body parts, that people should be FLUSHING THEIR CHILDREN DOWN THE POTTY!!!!!!

This world is sick. Twisted. Headed Toward The End Faster Than A Speeding Bullet.


EDIT: I forgot to add my "issues" for this article. I got so pissed that I just inhaled a bag of M&M's and closed my computer down.

Issue 1: We're killing babies. We've stopped offering lame excuses (I was raped, its my fathers, etc). We've stopped pretending that fetuses are like a spleen-useless & expendable. We all know they're babies- sweet lovable, and infinitely unwanted by the lucky ones who conceive them-infinitely loved and treasured by others who can't.

Now, we just kill them. We claim we have the right to-its our body. Or we're too poor to have them-keep your friggin legs shut. Or we won't be able to raise them- give them to someone who can.

Issue 2: Most people don't care. Log on to the stupid weather.com site. You can "adopt" a dog in a shelter- "it doesn't matter what shelter they're in, its still a shelter". I love dogs- have several. But they aren't CHILDREN. Children need homes- advertise that!

Resolution: The world needs to stop being stupid and selfish. If every family that can afford a dog adopted 1 child, the world's orphan problem would be resolved. If every family that can afford 2 cars one of which is an SUV, or 2 cars and a ATV, would mentor a child in crisis, then a whole lot of the delinquents would be changed.

To close: You can't fix Zimbabwe today. You might not be able to fix it tomorrow. But you can make a difference. Maybe if all the religious extremists put their hands/bodies/wallets where their jihad-crazy mouths are, we'd have social change. Send a missionary-send yourself. Educate, contribute, support. Here's a warm fuzzy for the weekend:

Making a Difference

A well known author was vacationing on a beautiful coast. One morning, very early, he was walking along the beach.

In the distance he saw a lone figure dancing. Fascinated by this celebration of the dawn, he moved closer.It was then he realized that the young man was not dancing, but was picking objects up from the beach and tossing them out into the sea in on graceful movement. As he approached the young man, he saw that he was throwing starfish.

"Why in the world are you throwing starfish into the water?" he asked.

"If the starfish are still on the beach when the tide goes out and the sun rises higher in the sky, they will die," replied the young man as he continued tossing them out to sea.

"That's ridiculous! There are thousands of miles of beach and millions of starfish. You can't really believe that what you're doing could possibly make a difference?" the observer countered.

The young man picked up another star fish, paused thoughtfully and remarked as he tossed it out into the waves, "It makes a difference to this one."

2 Comments:

  • its sad what africa is going thru ..and on the whole what the world is going thry .. but sadly .. worst is yet to come !

    By Blogger Nabeel, at 2:29 PM  

  • Nabeel I agree with you man- so sad. About the worst being yet to come, I hope not, but specifically? (As in, do you know something I don't ha ha?)

    I agree the world is heading straight downhill. No hope for some parts of it. Look at New Orleans- destroyed by the Power that is through the storm, some tried to rebuild it, then tornadoes came and destroyed even more. Like the Biblical Sodom & Gomorrah. A city of evil actions and thoughts, destroyed.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 2:15 PM  

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