Little Yue Yue is dead and it sickens me to the very core! I am both sad and angry at the news of her needless death. Sad for little Yue Yue who had the misfortune of being born into such a cruel world. Angry at the 19 people – including the ***hole who knocked her down – for walking by without even bothering to help. Are they people really?
In our quest for material wealth and comfort we have cast aside all humanity. It’s dumped onto the waste pile like yesterday’s newspaper. We simply do not have the time nor do we care. But of what good is our Mercedes Benz, Cartier watches, million dollar homes and flashy clothes when underneath this shallow facade we are but a shell of a human being? Devoid of soul, empathy and filled only with the most basic heartlessness and barbarism. Would it have taken even a moment of those people’s lives to extend help that was so patently needed? Wasn’t it so obvious that the child was bleeding profusely and in agony? Were they human beings really?
We speak of a rosy future for the people of this Earth as we use science and technology to educate, enlighten and enhance the quality of our lives. But what sort of future will it be when Earthlings themselves are regressing in their moral and spiritual dimensions? We are so caught up in the race for ego boosting GDP growth, Guess jeans, gas guzzling Porsche cars and designer bags that we have lost the most fundamental part of us – our humanity and common decency. We have reached the point where we turn a complete blind eye to another human – in this case a child for gods’ sake – so badly in need of help. Can we go any lower? How do we explain ourselves to our creator when we meet him? Do we deserve forgiveness when we no longer know what is right and wrong?
What happened in China is not unique nor isolated because everywhere in the world people have stopped caring in the relentless pursuit of the needs of the self. Of course food on the table, roofs over our heads and clothes on our backs are terribly important in sustaining us but so is our capacity to care and extend a helping hand to members of our own species. It goes hand in hand for it is a thin line that separates us from animals. But what happened in China leaves me to believe that we have crossed that line. It is not only the Chinese but all of us who must look ourselves in the mirror and ask “Have we really progressed that far from our cave dwelling ancestors after all?”
Farewell little Yue Yue. I trust that you will be in better hands and that you will look down on us with compassion even though we have failed you utterly.
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