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CHILD ABUSE RESPECTS NO FLAG, RELIGION, INSTITUTION, INDUSTRY OR INDIVIDUAL
Hi again, gang, from the shores of The Salish Sea. The news about children has been brutal this past week and I am again reminded that the abuse of our offspring respects no flag, religion, institution, industry or individual. It is also still silently and universally sanctioned. While other species may eat their young, ours is the only one which uses them, often lethally, for its own amusement, profit and gratification.
In light of recent revelations about the Roman Catholic Church in the American state of Pennsylvania and those less recently in Latin America, it has been contended that the abusers believe that, as servants of god, they are entitled to such “rewards” and that the victims should actually be grateful to be granted the opportunity to serve the Holy Roman Catholic Church in such a fashion.
That it has been going on for centuries suggests that the greater congregation bought it as well. This “Diplomatic Immunity” applied on a theological level also justified the abuse of women, the enslavement of non-Catholics and butchery the equal of which is likely non-existent in the history of our species.
This is not, however, a blanket indictment of the Vatican and all for which it stands. The very rationale itself has been a human species universal. It did not come from the Divine. The gods can claim no authorship. To use an American expression I love, “we own this, lock, stock and barrel.”
We are the ones who have said it is okay to abuse, exploit, injure, torture and murder children. When we say it is not okay to do these things, those who do them will be removed from the population and our children will be safe, at least from human predation.
It will not totally civilize us but it will be a good start.
That’s it for this week, gang. Take care, stay well and God Bless. Rusty
WE ARE NOT 27 YEARS OF AGE: HAPPY BIRTHDAY, UKRAINE
This last Friday, August 24, Ukraine celebrated its 27th Independence Day. There was an interesting video that went viral on that date called “We Are Not 27 Years Of Age“. A variety of Ukrainian celebrities like actors, singers, musicians reminded us and the world that the important historical events of our culture were not limited to a few decades:
1945 — 73 years ago — Ukraine became one of 51 founding members of the United Nations.
1632 — 386 years ago — Kyiv-Mohylanska Academy, one of the oldest in Eastern Europe, was founded
1550 — 468 years ago — Zaporozhian Sich the cradle of free Dniepro Cossacks became established
1356 — 662 years ago — Magdeburg rights were applied in Lviv, town in West Ukraine, given it rights for certain autonomy and self administration
1037 — 981 years ago — Saint Sophia’s Cathedral in Kiev following the will of Yaroslav the Wise was constructed
482 — 1536 years ago – Village which became Kiev “founded”
So here’s wishing a long life to a “young” country and an old culture.
Here is also a nice video dedicated to the celebrations, showing the beauty of the country and its towns called “Full of life. Flower of Ukraine”
That’s it for this week, Mishka. Stay cool, cousin mine. Olya
Northstar columnist and associate editor Olya Bereza was born in the former Soviet Union and now lives in Ukraine. Fluent in Russian, Ukrainian, and English, she is a degreed psychologist with a background in international marketing and personnel management. For comments, please go here.
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ALL CREATURES, GREAT AND SMALL
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