Craters appear in the sands as we drag out our heads to observe the view, listen to voices which shout in silence above the roar of chanting seas. The pace of deprivation accelerates. Crimes formerly closeted by morality are exposed and even flaunted on manifestos and deceitful lips. It is time to draw a line before humanity destroys itself.
Well done, Zimbabwean Pastor, Evan Mawarire for your courage in calling for an end to the country’s economic woes.
In a BBC Hard Talk interview today (18 July 2016), Venezuelan opposition leader, Maria Corina Machado faced accusatory questions. This brave woman cries out for her people who are starving and children who are dying without food, milk or medical supplies. If she is to be believed and I believe she should be, criminal elements purported to be in cahoots with the governmental regime have milked the oil rich country and refused to allow aid from the Catholic Church to help its people.
The news can no longer be ignored now that social media substantiates reports. Governments may be able to smother or distort bad news, but they cannot effectively suffocate mobile reporters.
For years now, selected scenes have crossed our screens; wreckage and carnage of warfare, explosions, child victims, shootings, child victims, beheadings, brutality, child victims, starvation, trafficking, and child victims. Oh, and did I mention child victims?
Evil stalks the streets and takes to the airways 24/7.
Our reaction? Horror, despair, revulsion, outrage and prayer. How can we protect our children? How can we protect our grandchildren? Who can we trust with our livelihood, our offspring, and our world? The answer will not be found in the sand.
I watched TV and social media coverage of the mass murder in Nice on Bastille Day, Dallas police forces under attack a few days prior, aimed it appears against white people (hello South Africa). Then the coup in Turkey which I later heard may have been staged to further entrench a President/dictator. It didn’t stop there, more shootings, more anguish, and more death; in France, Gavin Long, ex-marine took out 3 police officers on his own mission.
Division is prolific yet, despite claims to the contrary, we are all human, created by the same God, no matter our outward differences and choices.
In an article dated 15 July 2016 by Dan Johnson of BBC News, entitled Nice Attack: why France is struggling to cope with the terror attack, we read that France has to learn to live with terrorism – “The French people are being warned they are going to have to live with terrorism for a long time to come. ‘Liberte’ – freedom – is one of France’s founding principles… Now it is under threat and must be redefined to meet the challenge of an age of insecurity.”
NOOOOOOOOOOOOO if living with means tolerate or get on with life as if history never happened. That means ignore FEAR! Or does it mean feed FEAR?
I am ashamed to say that, for the first time in my life I actually read the 30 Articles of the UN Universal declaration of Human Rights. Here I found the following:
Preamble to the article:
“… Human rights are based on the principle of respect for the individual. Their fundamental assumption is that each person is a moral and rational being who deserves to be treated with dignity.”
Well, excuse me, that’s an awful lot of assuming if you don’t believe we were created that way, viz. born with a moral conscience. What’s more, Article 1 of the declaration states, “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood.”
According to Article 3, “Everyone has the right to life, liberty and security of person.” By everyone, I take it that means Black or White policemen who didn’t perpetrate violence or kill people other than in defence of life.
In a society where the family nucleus is eroded or dysfunctional, it would be good to remember part 3 of Article 16.
“The family is the natural and fundamental group unit of society and is entitled to protection by society and the State.”
Think of children when you read Article 29 of the declaration quoted below:
“1. Everyone has duties to the community in which alone the free and full development of his personality is possible.
- In the exercise of his rights and freedoms, everyone shall be subject only to such limitations as are determined by law solely for the purpose of securing due recognition and respect for the rights and freedoms of others and of meeting the just requirements of morality, public order and the general welfare in a democratic society…”
Or section 28 (1) (f) of the South African Bill of Rights:
“28. (1) Every child has the right—… (f) not to be required or permitted to perform work or provide services that … (ii) place at risk the child’s well-being, education, physical or mental health or spiritual, moral or social development;”
Why did Oscar Pistorius accidentally kill his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp?
FEAR! Why fear? Because he had been a victim of crime from his youth, estranged from his father, lost his mother at a young age, was at a physical disadvantage. On top of all that, the fight or flight pathway in his brain was well worn by the news of the day. It took seconds for fear to travel from suspicion past conviction to action. Anyone who has lived in South Africa for any length of time has experienced first or second hand crime and can identify with this at least. He was also convinced he was protecting his girlfriend. She had a right to be protected.
Judge Thokozile Matilda Masipa, I commend you for daring to show compassion and justice to the child victim within.
In the words of Nelson Mandela, “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”
It is a human tragedy when generations of children are, of necessity, raised to be suspicious and untrusting. After all, who can they trust; an indifferent parent or one who puts addiction before quality time, a relative who gains sexual gratification at their emotional and psychological expense, a politician who fills his pockets with the wealth of the people or makes promises that are never honoured, a teacher who teaches immoral principles sanctioned by education authorities, a religion that spawns terrorist acts for a fictitious prize, a cultural group who offers human remains on the altar of sacrifice, a preacher without a living faith or a friend who steals innocence for power? Remember that all of these untrustworthy representatives started life as somebody’s child.
Children should be brought up to love, not hate. What kind of parent brings up a warrior? And yet there are those that do and call it honourable.
At the same time, schools are empowered to fill parental gaps with new sex education curriculums designed to ‘anaesthetise’ children from the age of 5 years, granting them sanction to make unnatural choices long before their body clocks have adjusted to natural development. Does this not place at risk the child’s well-being, education, physical or mental health or spiritual, moral or social development,” mentioned in the S A Bill of Rights?
According to psychiatrist, Chamseddine Hamouda, Mohamed Lahouaiej-Bouhlel, the salsa dancing, wife-beating perpetrator of the Nice attack, was his patient 12 years ago. He demonstrated psychotic behaviour and extreme anger towards his family. There was a child in there somewhere.
Could this murderer-in-training have been prevented from his heinous acts if he had experienced the tender love and nurturing every child should be given by his biological parents? Then he might not have felt the need to seek acceptance and recognition by giving up his life and taking the lives of 84 or more others for the illusions of a heaven full of virgins. Who is God of that heaven? Not my God for sure, but an impersonator we know as evil.
The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines moral law as follows:
“: a general rule of right living; especially : such a rule or group of rules conceived as universal and unchanging and as having the sanction of God’s will, of conscience, of man’s moral nature, or of natural justice as revealed to human reason <the basic protection of rights is the moral law based on man’s dignity — …”
Yes, sadly we have to live with the consequences of terrorism in a world that is fast becoming hell on earth. The terrorists of today were innocent at birth. Somebody stole or donated their innocence in exchange for the love of self.
We don’t have to breed little terrors. Let us speak out for our children and add to the list of human rights. Perhaps something like, “A child has a right to be loved and mentored with good morals. Children have a right to protection from making or pursuing immoral, unnatural or unhealthy choices until they graduate to adulthood (age of legal majority or eighteen years whichever is the later) when they have the right to choose for themselves.”
Frederick Douglass (1818-1895), an African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman said, “It is easier to build strong children than repair broken men.”
Let’s not bury our heads, but love and protect our children whose voices matter.
Love never fails – it can heal our world.
Articles of the UN Universal Declaration, International Law: United for Human Rights
Moral Law | Definition of Moral Law by Merriam-Webster