This week

'THIS WEEK' is a very melodramatic post that I wrote over the last few days.

This week I heard reports that a vulnerable young woman pregnant through rape was incarcerated and cut open to deliver a baby who was born far too soon to be ready for this world.  In Ireland.  In 2014.

This week I read about yet more women and children being killed in Gaza by Israeli bombs, and other women and children being buried alive in Iraq.

This week an American journalist was brutally decapitated in cold blood and filmed for social media to send a chilling message to the world.

This week I heard a Palestinian man say on the BBC News that alleged informers should be burned alive.

This week I read about fear and death stalking West Africa as more and more people die from the  ravages of Ebola.

This week eminent scientist Richard Dawkins suggested on Twitter that babies with Downs Syndrome should be aborted.

This week I heard about violent riots in the US after the shooting dead of an unarmed black teenager by police.

And I wondered if we have progressed at all as a species in the past 2000 years?

How is it that power is more addictive than kindness?

Money more seductive than love?

Control more desirable than cooperation?

And innocent babies grow up to be cruel sadistic killers?

This week I felt ashamed to be human.




18 comments:

  1. The news this week has been horrific. I must admit that at times I tend to stop watching the news and reading the newspaper as it is all just too much to take in. xx

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    1. I don't always mean to catch all the bad news, but last week it was almost impossible to avoid xx

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  2. It is all so sad, you put it very well here in one post. I am also embarrassed to be human right now. I find myself thinking a lot about what my children will ask me about all these things in the future and I imagine they'll as me what I was doing while it was all going on. Worse still it may still all be as it is now or replaced by similar atrocities. Great post about facts, such a pity it is all true. Thanks for posting. xxx

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  3. It is just horrible, the world has gone to hell :(
    I want to stop reading/watching the news, but ignorance sometimes isn't the best option.
    Aud x

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    1. Sadly we know that ignorance is not always the best thing x

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  4. Susan (Eastendmom)August 24, 2014 at 9:19 PM

    An excellent post. I, too, have been sickened and saddened by the news this week. In fact, I've stopped watching the news on TV at all. Reading the newspaper and what comes up online is enough. Not an original thought, but it never fails to astound me how cruel and inhuman some can be - cannot imagine inflicting that kind of cruelty and pain on another human being, or even on an animal for that matter.

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    1. I think that all the time Susan. I cannot understand people being cruel in cold blood at all :(

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  5. Too much control. Too much sadness. Everything is just too much.
    This post is not melodramatic, it's too true xxx

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  6. Amen, sister! This has been an AWFUL week for news. Still lots of love in blogosphere though!
    P.S. Please don't delete your blog!

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    1. Yes, you're absolutely right about the blogosphere x

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  7. My heart aches with the evil that is in the world - there are no other words to describe the horrific things that people are doing to one another. I wonder how long our own lives can be sheltered from these forms of behaviours - or is it just a matter of time before they become a part of our lives, too?

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    1. Yes that's a fear that I think we all have sadly :(

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  8. Hi, sorry I didn't post before. there was nothing to dislike about the piece and EVERYTHING to dislike about it at the same time. No-one wants to live in a world like that but it would be worse if no-one cared.Thank YOU for caring. x Ruth

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comment Ruth x

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  9. The news always seems so awful and when someone stops to put it all together , as you have done, it becomes even worse in totality. I try not to think about all of the awful things. All at once. I'm a coward....sometimes I just want to snuggle down with the covers over my head and simply not think about it. It's too much all at once. We can't possibly stop all the bad things all at once. Maybe we need to start small and just be nice to each other and teach our children the same. But there has always been brutality in the human race. Some people are made that way xx

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    1. I don't know if brutality is inherent. I do wonder if it is learned behaviour for most people, if so wouldn't it be great if we could start afresh with the next generation of children xx

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