What Kind of World Do We Live In?
Friday, May 11th, 2012
What kind of world do we live in?
I’m going to make a confession here. There are days when I am completely content commiserating about the things that are going wrong in my life. Sometimes I get frustrated waiting in long lines. There are weeks when I don’t know if we will have enough money left over after paying bills to buy enough groceries. I will sometimes whine because I don’t have anything decent to wear. I tend to get grumpy when humidity spikes and my window air conditioning units don’t cool as well as the coveted central heating and air. And the greatest pain I have known to date is the loss of my child when I had a late miscarriage.
But apparently, I don’t know a thing….not a single thing about pain.
I don’t necessarily believe in feeling better about my troubles because someone else’s troubles are worse. There is no consolation in people hurting. But the other day while listening to Glen Beck – I was literally mortified, in tears, and completely distraught over the most current headlines. And you should be too!
So I researched. And researched some more. And found validated reports from reputable agencies like MSNBC, CBS, CNN and even United States government white paper reports documenting the massacre of girls that is occurring daily in China.
Suddenly, my problems seemed small. And I couldn’t believe some of the things that are going on in today’s world – especially in a country that the United States considers forward, modern, advanced, and AHEAD of our own country in many ways.
Due to the laws that restrict parents from having more than one child in China, newborns and aborted children are literally being discarded. Since 1995 when rumors of ‘dying rooms’ inside orphanages circulated and were later found to be confirmed, there has been a holocaust of girls being carried out in China. And most recently are the news reports that South Korea intercepted 17,000 pills that were filled with the remains of human babies that were ‘discarded.’ Apparently, there are some cultures that believe there is medicinal value in taking these pills. Worse, is that a widespread black market is being alerted each and every time a baby girl is left to die, or is aborted under Chinese law.
Gruesome. Horrifying. Maddening. Frightening. Disturbing on so many levels. Completely unimaginable. And truth indeed, that reality IS stranger than fiction. This is the stuff that nightmares are made of.
I have four daughters. I am a woman. I don’t know how the world we live in can devalue the life of ANY child in this way. And given the fact that the United States is so indebted to China financially, there is likely nothing….NOTHING that our government can do about this. Except for hide it from all of us.
I am not politically driven. I don’t always understand the issues being debated in Congress or on the news.
But I do know that each and every one of us, as mothers who have daughters, as human beings who live in a country with such freedoms, as husbands who have wives, sisters, and mothers should agree this is unbelievable.
At EverydayFamily, we spend a lot of time talking about fertility, pregnancy, raising children, and motherhood. Could you imagine what our lives would be like if we were governed by laws in regard to our childbearing?
Today, I simply bow my head and give thanks that no matter what troubles arise, that I am free to have and hold my daughters.
What do you think?