April 23, 2010

In which I admit I don't know what to do

This is an utterly depressing article about the state of Africa today.  I'll admit it, I try not to think about what's going on in much of Africa because it's far too depressing.  Prof. Reynolds linked to this and commented that this is the state of nature.  This is what civilization is designed to combat. 

I'm trying to hunt down the link, but I recently read that there are now more human beings in slavery then there were at the height of what we consider the slave trade.  That's so horrifying that my mind simply stops.  It's as if those words make sense individually but not in a row.  It's 2010.  How can there still be slavery?  Oh, I understand intellectually that mankind is fallen and is innately corrupt.  Reading about human trafficking and war by rape and the Eastern European sex slavery rings and all the rest is just too much.

Do I have a solution?  No.  No, I don't know what to do.  I can't even begin to wrap my mind around where to start.  There are portions of Africa where the most basic elements of society, such as not beating to death newborn babies, must be rebuilt. 

The one thing I do know?  I will hit my knees tonight and thank God with every fiber of my being that I was born in America.  It is a blessing beyond compare. 

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