Day 162: Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down

Some of us like to be tied up - it allows for an experience where one can let go of controlling life and give oneself over to whatever may be.

One would not expect a child to enjoy being tied up - kids want to play and run and jump and skip. Unfortunately for a large number of people around the world, they have no choice but to tie up their kids to prevent them from wandering off or being stolen while the parents work. These people cannot afford child care services and so must bring the child with them to work and tie them to whatever fixed objects are available, from window bars to lamp posts - for as long as 10 hours a day.

In the article above, a 13 year old Chinese girl is tied to a moped by her grandfather, as she suffers from epilepsy and they cannot afford medical treatment. Schools have refused to take her and her parents abandoned her, so her grandfather is left to care for her, even while he is working as a rubbish collector.The girl is tied to the moped to prevent her from wandering off or from having a seizure in the street.

We have a responsibility to ensure that our global community of human beings is guaranteed the fulfillment of the basic rights to life. We owe it to ourselves and to our children to create a society that will care for every man, woman and child who is unable to care for themselves. We owe it to ourselves and to our children to ensure that no one need ever fear for their survival from a lack of such an intangible and inedible thing as money. We owe it to ourselves and to our children to create a world that respects and honours all life. We owe it to ourselves ant to our children to ensure that all of our children are educated and raised in a manner that will allow them to develop into compassionate and effective people who won't go on random killing, mauling, torturing or face-chewing sprees.

I know that people don't like reading stories like these - it makes them uncomfortable and it makes them feel like they should be doing more to improve the world. I know that it's the easiest thing in the world to turn away from the stark realities of our global community, but if we do not face that which we are surrounded by - which we, in fact, have created - then how can we hope to assure for our children lives that are enjoyable and free from unnecessary suffering?

We are the "other people" who should do something, for if we continue to wait for "someone else" to fix this mess, we will surely wait forever.

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