The greatness of humanity is not in being human,
but in being humane.
I have written and re-written this particular blog since the shooting down of the MH17 aircraft over the Ukrainian airspace last Thursday. A topic not of SecondLife nature on its own, it does however touch upon the international nature of its residents.
For those of us fortunate enough to live in parts of the world which are mostly in peace, the images of death and destruction upon our television screens for the past few years has to leave us wondering; where is the sense in these antics? What have these acts of aggression really achieved?
A snapshot of this week finds nearly 300 innocent people from 11 nations laying dead in a Ukrainian field. 80 of these just children and infants. A horrific day of bloodshed on the Gaza strip has risen the count to over 550 Palestinian men, women and children now dead. Sadly the majority of these deaths are women and children unable to escape the missiles. Israeli itself has lost 13 soldiers killed in their line of duty. 200 schoolgirls are still missing “somewhere” in Nigeria. Meanwhile countless other unreported deaths and atrocities occur daily in war-torn areas like Syria, Iraq, Somalia and Sudan, to name just a handful of countries currently at war.
As a blanket of grief spreads across the globe and people learn to accept life without their loved ones; we, the collective society of humanity, surely have to be reflecting upon what this loss of human life has gained for those whom inflict these wounds. Has it really all been worthless?
Suicide bombers still go to markets in Baghdad. Rockers still rain down upon Gaza. Bombs still explode within Syria and the MH17 crime scene has been pilfered with items from the deceased already appearing on auction style sites.
As the media cycle moves us from one crisis to the next and each abhorrent acts flash upon our screens are we slowly becoming desensitized to these crimes against humanity? Are we slowly turning our attention away from what it really important? Have we lost the words that encourage all citizens on this earth to unite and respect humanity? Do we no longer believe that violence is not an acceptable way to solve problems? As fundamentalism in religion and politics stares us in the face have we forgotten the most fundamental thing of all.. how precious and sacred life is?
In a week where so many innocent lives and futures have been lost, I sit here with deep sadness. Wondering in my heart how many more need to follow before we learn what our children learn in preschool, to just simply … accept one another.
Slynny passed on a relevant snippet from a CBS news cast by Scott Pelley. It is only 1:54 long so will put the link here for anyone interested in listening. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152661684274073
Hugs, PB xx