Some random dude on another blogging platform posted this picture this morning under the caption :
Love. A caricature.
I’ve read some of the comments on his blog – it quickly circelled the drain into a bunch of people negating this, saying that it’s the rich people’s responsibility to care for people like this, calling Christians racists – all in all, just another day on the blogs at Litnet.
That’s not what this post is about though.
It’s about the fact that we, as people, would rather blame everybody, and mostly God, for whatever’s wrong in our lives.
Even atheists would rather blame God for all the wrongs that are done in the name of religion rather than lay the blame where it belongs – with people.
But that is also not what this post is about.
I’m not fighting for religion here, or trying to prove a point on anything.
This is only my personal opinion.
And it is this – a time must come in everybody’s life where they stop blaming their parents, or their lack of money, or their education or God for everything that’s wrong in their lives.
Who can I blame for my current, untenable situation?
Myself. If I did not do something against my better judgement last year, I would still have had a comfortable, if slightly boring, job. Just slogging it away, living from weekend to weekend. Not the best of situations, no, but still. I would have had other things to worry about rather than where the next plate of food is coming from.
Thing is, I did not listen to my better judgement in that particular scenario.
Fact is, if you’re going to be stupid, you will have to face the consequences. And you can’t really blame anybody for that.
So, looking at the picture.
Yes. It’s sad that that child has to suffer like that. I can’t imagine what he must think of his life. A daily hunger gnawing at him, no respite…
Who is to blame though?
God for the drought? The kid’s parents for making more kids than they can afford to feed? The government for not looking after their people? The West for just dumping bags of grain in the problem areas and then moving on to the next one?
Is there any one factor that is the deciding one in this scenario?
I think that part of Africa has been steadily getting dryer in the past few years. Suppose that can be put in front of climate change’s doors. And then again, who is to blame for that?
If you hear the Africans and the rest of the third world tell it – that would be the developed countries’ fault entirely.
But then, if you see the rain gets less and less, the crops keep on failing, why do you carry on making children you have no hope to feed? Should you not try a different crop, or move away to a place where there’s more water? Develop ways of catching the water you do have access to?
Agent Smith have captured it perfectly. I could not get the embed code on this video, but use the link.
Humans are a virus. We populate one place, use up everything and then move on.
Thing is, the places to move on to are getting fewer and fewer. We are at the mercy of the elements these days – and I do think it’s going to get progressively worse. Time will come when there won’t be any farms left, or if there are, it will be subsistence farming. Only enough for yourself, screw the city dwellers.
Maybe it’s time to stop blaming, and take stock of what’s happening around you.
We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children – Native American proverb.
This is NOT about God, or religion.
I will not get into any rethoric in that regard – it’s a waste of time because the folk that needs to hear the most, listens the least.