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Wednesday, June 25, 2008

To Like the Sun

We are failing the world. There is much to do to prepare this world for our children.

We have been sharing this planet for centuries, and yet know so little about each other, tragically highlighted by the late Saddam Hussein. While in captivity the ousted Iraqi leader had feared catching HIV if his clothes were hung to dry next to those of his American guards.

Unbelievably ignorant for a "leader" as that may be, meanwhile world leaders are failing on human rights. People are still being tortured or ill-treated in at least 81 countries.

So many people with homes lost, still displaced, living in refugee camps, political victims with no where to go.

Or those who so fundamentally betrayed the given task of keeping the peace: UN peacekeepers have been raping the children in war-ravaged countries that they had sworn to protect.

Then there is our own inhumanity to those closest to us, whom we should by our very connection of blood protect at all costs, as in the horrific tale of Austrian Josef Fritzl who had imprisoned and raped his daughter for 24 years, fathering seven children.

"[I] like the sun," was one of the children's take on their recent freedom. Eighteen-year old Stefan Fritzl had never seen the sun from outside of his dungeon before.

Like the Austrian abuser, we have placed our world in the dark, and are constantly abusing it.

Let's work together to bring it out into the light.

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