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Right. I promised I would get back to this, so here it is. When you steal the life of a child you are not simply taking from the world one beautiful and shining being. You have also stolen the future – all the potential and possibility that child represented. It is a crime of a scope that beggars the mind. Children are purely innocent, wholly uncorrupted. They are the embodiment of everything good in human beings and so a crime against a child becomes a crime against humanity itself.

“Something in the heart of most human beings simply cannot abide pain inflicted on the innocent, especially children. Even broken men serving in the worst correctional facilities will often first take out their own rage on those who have caused suffering to children. Even in such a world of relative morality, causing harm to a child is still considered absolutely wrong. Period.” Wm. Paul Young

The mother of that child is as guilty as the man who murdered him. It is any parent’s responsibility to ensure their children are not exposed to individuals who may cause harm, or to an environment in which they may come to harm. If a parent cannot ensure a child’s safety and wellbeing themselves then it is their responsibility to place their child or children with someone who can and will. That child’s wellbeing is more important than your own feelings. It is more important than your reputation. From the moment you decide to, or learn that you will, bring a child into this world then that child becomes more important than anything else. If you cannot fulfill these responsibilities – then do not have a child.

“Children are the brightest treasures we bring forth into this world, but too large a percentage of the population continues to treat them as inconveniences and nuisances, when they’re not treating them as possessions or toys.” Charles de Lint

When you abuse or neglect a child you are building a foundation for abuse and mistreatment that can last for generations. What they learn they will pass on to the next generation, and that generation will pass it on to the next.

“We know that the outcasts and misfits are the children most likely to become violent, so it only follows that we must pull them into the arms of love and/or acceptance, and find a place where they fit. If our system doesn’t have a place where a child fits, there’s something wrong with the system, not the child.” William G. Defoore

Too often people stand by and allow the abuse, mistreatment, and neglect of a child. We are unwilling to interfere, to get involved. For whatever reason – embarrassment, apathy, or just a plain lack of empathy – we are too often passive observers. To observe and do nothing is to condone. When you involve a child it becomes that much more horrific. It is not about being a Good Samaritan. It is not about inconvenience. It is not about morality. It is about our humanity.

“If we are ever to have real peace in this world . . . we shall have to begin with the children.” Mohandas K. Gandhi

There’s always a lot of news coverage for Black Friday (*shudder*), and any incidents that crop up are trumpeted, but other than a few isolated idiots (see other posts) there wasn’t really much going on. Considering how many shoppers were out yesterday (millions nationwide) it could have been much worse. Just one crazy woman with a loaded can of pepper spray, an over-enthusiastic off-duty cop, and a few robbery/shootings outside retail stores. Check this story.  This one says there were only 15 people caught in the woman’s spray-for-all. Then there were the robberies, or attempted robberies might be a better description. I hesitate to call those specifically related to Black Friday (*shudder*) other than they happened to occur on that day. Other than that the average shopper got to pack themselves into box stores like sardines and push and shove their way to awesome (or are they?) deals. I still don’t understand the appeal, but hey – I hate shopping anyway.

I shudder in fear just hearing those two words. Black Friday. Masses of retail shoppers foaming at the mouth for great deals on everything from clothing to electronic devices. I’ve never been a Black Friday (*shudder*) shopper myself, but I have been there from the other side. I worked for one of the retail giants a number of years ago as an assistant manager. Furbies were the “must have” toy of the season to give you some idea of how long ago that was. All of the managers had to get together and link arms to keep shoppers from grabbing boxes off the pallets before the sale was on. We had arguments, pushing and shoving, and even a fist fight. To this day I still have to shake my head at the insanity of it all. What material item do any of us need so badly that it causes such atrocious behavior? This year the big story so far is the woman who used her pepper spray on the rest of the crowd, but remember when that poor Wal-Mart employee was trampled by a Black Friday crowd? A person actually lost their life in the quest for a “great bargain”. Unbelievable.

Personally, I just don’t get it. My money is earned through hard work and dedication, and I’m not in so much of a hurry to throw it away that I would fight other people just for the chance to spend it on worthless crap. I mean, I have kids, and I understand how good it makes you feel to get them that perfect gift. However, I’ve got to say, not at the expense of mine and my family’s dignity. What lesson are your children learning from you when you behave that way? That it’s OK to assault other people for stuff as long as you get a bargain? I wonder how that woman who used pepper spray on the crowd is explaining that to her kids. It makes me sad and disappointed in my fellow human beings when I see things like this. What have we become when we’re willing to hurt other people in pursuit of a sale?