One thing I really, really, do not get is how many Americans who have lives of leisure compared to others in in the world are so unhappy with their state of affairs. I got thinking about this over mother’s day weekend after reading lines such as these:
“Yesterday their dreams were shattered. . . . Today we are going to bury them with thousands of dreams. That is one of the poorest schools in the neighborhood. Those girls don’t even have 15 cents to buy bread.”
The man was talking about young girls ages 11 to 18 who were attending a public high school in Kabul, Afghanistan. About eighty persons died when several bomb blasts outside their school went off killing mostly these young girls seeking to gain an education.
“One by one they brought the girls up the steep hill, shrouded bodies covered in a ceremonial prayer cloth, the pallbearers staring into the distance. Shouted prayers for the dead broke the silence. The bodies kept coming and the gravediggers stayed busy, straining in the hot sun. The ceaseless rhythm was grim proof of the preceding day’s news: Saturday afternoon’s triple bombing at a local school had been an absolute massacre, targeting girls. There was barely room atop the steeply pitched hill for all the new graves.”
That is a look at what is happening in one small part of our planet. But it is not the only place where horror is a daily event.
Tibet is an old story of how the Chinese treated the Tibetans. Now we see that “the Chinese government has reportedly detained . . . some eight hundred thousand to two million Uyghurs and other Muslims, including ethnic Kazakhs and Uzbeks, have been detained since April 2017, . . . Most people in the camps have never been charged with crimes and have no legal avenues to challenge their detentions. . . . Often, their only crime is being Muslim, . . . Hundreds of camps are located in Xinjiang. . . . Detainees are forced to pledge loyalty to the CCP and renounce Islam, they say, as well as sing praises for communism and learn Mandarin. . . . Others said they were tortured and subjected to sleep deprivation during interrogations. Women have shared stories of sexual abuse, including rape. Some released detainees contemplated suicide or witnessed others kill themselves.”
In Myanmar the military is solidifying its hold over the country after a recent coup by killing poets and arresting and holding hostage family members of people who are opposing it. In Africa bands of thugs kidnap school kids and in the Middle East (Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq) the killing of folks goes on unabated. Many folk in the world are undergoing immense suffering at the present time while Americans free from all the horrors and tragedies gripping these other folk sit around a whine.
We have millions of people on Medicare getting medical care provided by the government who are against the government interfering in their lives. The same goes for people on Social Security who scream when they see the government giving money to other people. If we could look deeply into all these Americans receiving government subsidies and the government’s protection from the horrors others in the world experience all we would find would be a clump of hatred.
Rather than being content with what they have they begrudge others from having one-tenth of the same things. Some have spent almost all their lives working for the government. Many are still on the government’s payroll as judges, police and fire folk who are making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year off the government pointing to their displeasure that the government is helping people living in poverty in other parts of the nation.
If you ever held or now hold a government job or received pay from the government or any benefit sit yourself down in front of a mirror and ask: “why am I entitled to government money and others not?” I hope you have a good answer.