Dec. 15th, 2012

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I'll warn you now - I'm going on a little bit of a rant here. Ever since I heard the news, this has been festering. You can like what I say, you can dislike what I say... that's up to you. But I'm not pulling any punches here. Read on as you want.

You've been warned.

In a world where light, hope and peace is precious, the extinguishing of even the smallest star makes the darkness that much stronger.

When the future is forever scarred by fear, pain and anger... how can hope, peace and justice ever truly prevail?

These are merely words from a father who has seen time and time again the slow destruction of the future in his home country, his adopted country, his ancestral country and in the world he lives in... and he has seen the nightmare he prays never comes to his own door.

For the life of a child is a precious and fragile thing. Children are not born with hatred, they know only love. Children are not born with anger, but a need to be held and a deep desire to return affection.

I hear of shootings at schools... Columbine was the first... and I cannot understand why. even now, with decades between it and me, I can't understand why.

"But people are desensitized by the violence that they see on TV. They see so many murders and the video games these days drive people to kill." I call Bulls**t on that one. Are we really that naive? If we were truly that desensitized or it was that easy, then the men and women who serve in the military wouldn't have PTSD.

But they do. It was Colonel Tim Collins of the British army who put it in words that should never be forgotten by any who bear arms.

"I know of men who have taken life needlessly in other conflicts, I can assure you they live with the Mark of Cain upon them. If someone surrenders to you then remember they have that right in international law and ensure that one day they go home to their family. The ones who wish to fight, well, we aim to please." - Col. Tim Collins, OBE

'We' = trained soldiers. Not children.

Yes, the one who took the lives of the future was killed. Some told me it was justice. No... that was vengeance; plain pure and simple. Justice would have been their living and having to face the faces of all the lives that were ruined.

You might have noticed I'm gender neutral there - that's because what has been will likely be again unless we can all learn from it. But as I see it, there are two obvious paths that can be taken. One... blood for blood. Children are protected by steel, by guns, by swords, by blood. Anyone who even thinks of harming them is gunned down in vengeful fury. And that will teach them that, when they have children, that is the right and proper way for things to be done. Two... turn the other cheek. Children are protected by love, by compassion, by hope.

"But this changes nothing! More will die if we take your second path!" Only when we forget we are all children of someone else. Even if they are no longer with us, we are still their child. Love, when truly given and received will go in both directions.

But perhaps there is a third path - an even simpler path that I cannot see for the pain, the loss, the grief. But I cannot get past this simple tenant that I seek to instill into my own children...

"Do unto others as you would have others do unto you."

One day, maybe, there will be peace. And if I am very lucky - I will live to see it... as will all children.

Pax vobiscum.
May peace be with you.

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