There is so much anger today. People are up in arms that justice has not been done. A two-year old is dead and there is no answer to how or why.
It alarms me how much vitriol has poured forth in the wake of this acquittal. What saddens me is the hatred. I do not know if she killed her daughter, and neither does anyone else – at least not without significant doubt. She is obviously not a model mother, and maybe she is not even a good person. But the prosecution offered no motive and, more importantly, could not establish how that poor little girl died. So, sadly, we will never really know. My heart goes out to those that loved that little girl, as I can only imagine the heartache that the loss of her must cause.
But there is something more important happening. What is happening is that while many sat transfixed by the daily drama of this trial, and invested their emotions in an issue in which they had no personal stake, millions of children all around the world suffered and died, and almost nobody noticed. Most of them died for reasons that are very clear and irrefutable – hunger, disease, neglect, and war. Most of them died under preventable or treatable circumstances. Many of those children died within the borders of the richest country on earth.
It is SO easy and convenient to judge others, but how do we explain the poverty and neglect that continues because of our own inaction? We appear to lack the moral will and motivation to improve the lot of the poor and needy. That is a job for other people. But, we ARE other people. We have a duty to help one another, but we do not pursue it with the same sense of purpose that we so willingly vilify others.
I point this finger directly at myself. What have I done? The answer is, embarrassingly, very little. I support causes important to me through my words and my votes and the occasional donation, but what have I done to help people around me who need it? Have I volunteered to help feed the hungry? Have I volunteered to help clothe others, or offered anyone a little help to get on their feet? What have I done?
These words all will ring hollow unless I do something. Will I?