What’s our worth?

Cecil the lion at Hwange National Park in 2010
Cecil the lion at Hwange National Park in 2010
Photo: Wikimedia Commons

According to Every Child USA 14 million children in the United States officially live in poverty and 15 million children live below the official poverty line. More than one-third of the US homeless population is made up of children. 22 % of Americans under the age of 18  and 25 % under the age of 12 are hungry.

NBC News quoted UNICEF when they reported last year that 5,5 million Syrian youth have been deprived of schools. food, medical attention, or a safe community to grow up in. When the Huffington Post reported on the same country in March this year the number had grown to 14 million kids.

Countries like Iraq, Syria, Egypt and Libya used to have significant Christian populations. These groups had been Christians for a 1000 years when Christianity finally made its way to Norway, but now they could very well disappear, and Christians don’t seem to care, mostly because they feel obligated to choose Israel over their own congregation. It’s highly unlikely that the Christians that leave these areas come back again because their neighbours turned them over to ISIS. I wonder where the Christian outrage in Europe and the USA is.

I have written extensively about the Norwegian Child Protection Services and my research has revealed that the CPS is completely out of control. I have referred to this as statesponsored childtrafficking. Many children are being taken away from their biological parents without this being adequately justified. There are a lot of unfounded accusations, guesswork, assumptions and speculations. I have seen cases where low income, ethincity, being an “outside the box-family”, disability make children especially vulnerable. Removing the children is supposed to be the last option, but many of the other measures the CPS is supposed to offer are never concidered. What is driving this is money. Fosterparents and privately owned institution make a lot of money, and the latest headline I saw was about psychologists making a lot of money as expert psychologists for these court cases. The problem is that they can’t afford to disagree with the CPS. As a consequence the parents, and accordingly the children, almost never win.

These are just a few examples of people suffering that can be found on any search engine within minutes, and yet we are never as outraged and active in fighting evil as when an animal has been killed or is about to die. Do you remember Operation Breakthrough where they tried to rescue three gray whales that were trapped in pack ice in the Beaufort Sea in Alaska in 1988? The State department requested help of two icebreakers from the Soviet Union, and this was probably the biggest story in October of 1988.

The killer whale Keiko was captured in Iceland in 1979 and was an attraction in parks in Iceland, Ontario and Mexico before it was used for the film Free Willy. Keiko was finally granted freedom after making a lot of money for the film studio and that was clearly the right thing to do, but it amazes me how Keiko and other animals have such a strong ability to touch our hearts and persuade us to generously donate money, while we gladly ignore sufferings among ourselves.

A young girl stands amid the freshly made graves of 70 children many of whom died of malnutrition. Dadaab refugee  camp (Kenya).
A young girl stands amid the freshly made graves of 70 children many of whom died of malnutrition. Dadaab refugee camp (Kenya).
Wikimedia Commons

I personally don’t understand people that kill trophy-animals. An American man recently killed the lion named Cecil, which was a major attraction in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park. Even if it’s legal I find it strange that some people find it necessary to decorate their walls with antlers from elk or deer. I guess it’s the same need to show that man is a superior (idiot). Both the two pictures I have used in this post are tragic. Some would argue that animals are just as important as people, but is that really fair? Shouldn’t we be moved to react sooner and stronger when people suffer? Besides, when we focus all our anger on a single hunter from Minnesota, it feels strange thinking what we allow in our own factory farms.

4 thoughts on “What’s our worth?

  1. We should do what we can to properly respect nature. But people are definitely more important than animals.

    I struggle with the fact that there is so much suffering and seemingly little I can do as an individual. It has helped for God to prompt Craig and I to look around at the people we know, first. And then, find reputable organizations that can help us reach others who live beyond our personal horizon.

    1. I know the theory, and I know there are enough people worse off than me, but I don’t have much energy for anyone or anything at the moment. I guess this is more like my old soccer coach saying: Don’t do what I do, do what I say.

  2. John,

    Your article, along with the seeming greater value of Cecil the Lion over human lives……..reminds me of the current hysteria here in the South over the Confederate flag. More people are outraged over the taking down of the flag from public buildings than they are the 9 people killed at their church in Charleston. The response from white Christians seems awfully muted here. Makes me think about that verse somewhere in the New Testament, where it says that in the last days, men’s hearts would grow cold, that there would be less love. We really seem to forget that “love one another as I have loved you” business.

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