Wednesday, January 30, 2008

trafficking is torture

emma thompson has a PSA on trafficking, it's very disturbing, but so important. please watch.

I am Elena

via apophenia


Alexander M Zoltai said...

I immediately sent this vid-link to my female correspondents !

I don't think (sadly) that my male correspondents could stomach it...

~ Alex

Anonymous said...

Unbelievably disturbing. Is there any doubt that evil exists? What has to have happened to a human being in order for human trafficking to seem like a good idea? What has to happen for that person to see the truth?

bobbie said...

Hey Alex - I agree, most probably couldn't stomach it, but they should. Oh how they should. Thanks for passing it on!

Mich - I agree - I think this is what is lost when the imagio dei is forgotten. People are reduced to paper, 2 dimensional objects with staples in their stomachs. If I can reduce someone to an object I no longer have to feel for them or myself. And in doing so I reduce myself to a 2 dimensional object too...

I think that what has to happen is that we need to raise our children and these future generations to know that all human life is sacred and carries the thumbprints of God.

Anonymous said...

Yeah, I agree with you about what has to happen. But I do think we have to be careful of how we go about doing that. I do believe that the road to hell is paved with good intentions.

As you say the imagio dei is necessary. I guess there are no short cuts and we must follow the promptings of the Holy Spirit in order that we might heal and become the people God intended us to be. As we do, there is more possibility of truly affecting someone else in a deep way. Long, but necessary, process. Not to say that we have to wait until we're whole to act though; it'd be a long wait, eh?

This situation reminds me of when I was a kid and my oldest sister married a serious alcoholic. As I helplessly watched their kids grow up in that violent atmosphere, I fantasized that if I screamed loud enough at the adults for them to stop the madness, they would wake up, see what they were doing and he would stop drinking. Of course, the drinking was only a symptom of deeper things for both of them. I tried reasoning with my sister but, of course, to no avail. What did I know. I was a kid.

Some days, I still wish I'd tried the screaming. Maybe, passing along this well-made video and making people aware is as close as we get to screaming.


bobbie said...

oh mich - why, why am i the only one who gets to read your wisdom here? you should be blogging. the idea of screaming into the addictions/chaos is a beautiful picture.

sometimes it takes that kind of shock to remind us that what we are doing and who we've become isn't normal. especially the way we are in our homes.

screaming into the chaos - i think that's a great idea.

Anonymous said...

"oh mich - why, why am i the only one.... "
Bobbie, you made me chuckle with that one.

You know, I suspect that we're all of us screaming on the inside and that's why we self-medicate either with a substance or a behaviour. Ever watch Cider House Rules? I happened to watch it yesterday and the Michael Cain character ( Dr. Larch) just amazed me. The book is even better as it gives much more perspective and depth.

Anonymous said...

I watched a movie called Eastern Promises with Viggo Mortensen that relates to this post. Excellent story, good movie but extremely violent; I had my head turned and ears plugged for quite a few parts. Anyhow, you might want to check it out (when the kids are sleeping).