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Dept. of sorrow

 Children are dead 
They die everywhere. Of famine. From overwork. From neglect. They hunger, and no one feeds them. They cower, but can't dodge the blows. They are afraid, they look for comfort, and are rewarded with their worst nightmares.  And it has no borders, no language, no deference, this evil. It crosses oceans and climbs through windows, and seats itself in the hearts of men and women, in our hearts. We watch and children die.

I am sometimes ashamed to be a human.
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elisi
Dec. 14th, 2012 09:00 pm (UTC)
“The human infant mortality rate is 29,158 deaths per day. Every three seconds a child dies. The human response is to accept, and adapt.”

I hate that Children of Earth got it so right. :(
kaffyr
Dec. 17th, 2012 04:32 am (UTC)
And as I'm sure became apparent later in the day, the sadness that you relate became even worse. Three seconds ... dear lord.
a_phoenixdragon
Dec. 14th, 2012 10:49 pm (UTC)
Gods...this was just beyond tragic. I can't even think on this without wanting to hug my wee ones. I wish I could promise them safety, but with the world the way it is, I can't MAKE that promise. Sometimes I wish I didn't have children, just so I wouldn't have this constant worry and pain and fear. They shouldn't have to live like this. The only thing I can do is raise them with love, arm them with words and kind deeds and hope for the best.

*Cries*
kaffyr
Dec. 17th, 2012 04:33 am (UTC)
*hugs you*

I know.
azalaisdep
Dec. 14th, 2012 11:14 pm (UTC)
{{Hugs you}}. Can do nothing else. Have turned off the news, can't bear it.
kaffyr
Dec. 17th, 2012 04:40 am (UTC)
I know. I'm still thinking about it, two days later. The only thin and very tenuous silver lining is the push for more gun control law in the U.S. I'm not very hopeful, because we've let similar tragedies come and go, and still backed away in fear of the thrice-damned National Rifle Association. Perhaps this time will be different.
time_converges
Dec. 15th, 2012 01:03 am (UTC)
*hugs*
I don't have words for this right now. :(
kaffyr
Dec. 17th, 2012 04:45 am (UTC)
*hugs you back*

Thanks.
sallymn
Dec. 15th, 2012 01:13 am (UTC)
I saw it just after I got up this morning, and have been hurting ever since...
kaffyr
Dec. 17th, 2012 04:46 am (UTC)
It's still with me two days later. I suspect it will be with me for a little while.
mack_the_spoon
Dec. 15th, 2012 03:45 am (UTC)
I have no words for the horror. Just nothing. I would like to stop waking up, reading the news, and then crying over my country.
kaffyr
Dec. 17th, 2012 04:47 am (UTC)
This country is worth crying over, though; it's worth saving.

*hugs*
mack_the_spoon
Dec. 17th, 2012 07:23 am (UTC)
Oh yes, it is definitely worth it.

*hugs back*
apostle_of_eris
Dec. 17th, 2012 05:57 am (UTC)
As a journalist, you may be in the small minority who know that Chicago will total 500 murders this year.
As a responsible citizen, I assume you know that the treatment of the mentally ill in this country is not only an unmitigated disgrace, but is much more expensive than civilized treatment.

I refuse to make this yet another 7-day wonder. Because I take the pathology of American gun culture seriously.
kaffyr
Dec. 17th, 2012 06:08 am (UTC)
Yes to both. I am only on the tiniest, farthest fringes of the community of mental illness, and I have received only the barest, tiniest hints of the maltreatment and disrespect shown to many of my fellow citizens who deal with mental illness, and what I dealt with was miserable. What others deal with is outrageous, from the medical community, from the legal community, from the community at large.

And the pathology of gun culture ... rule of thumb: when anyone says "Now is not the time to talk about gun control" is precisely the time to talk about gun control.
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