I think this is asinine: Woman kicked off plane for breastfeeding. It’s just so… GAH. SHE WAS FEEDING HER BABY. They serve snacks on the plane, so it’s obviously not a “no eating on plane” issue. I’m sure some people have horrible manners and chew with their mouth open and gobble their food, and somehow a (covered! discreet!) woman gets booted from a plane for feeding her baby. Stupid.
These accounts of Congo war victims (very graphic subject matter) make me upset. The things that happen to these women are so horrid. Can you even imagine? I hate to. I hate to even think that somewhere, this is actually happening, and it is happening to a lot of women. And babies. And senior citizens. The fact that it’s happening to anyone is despicable.
I can’t really articulate how I feel about the second topic. It’s like, I’m so far removed from it that it’s difficult for me to believe that yes, this sort of thing does happen in other places of the world, and it happens a lot. Hospitals are overflowing with victims of violent rape, so violent they require a hospital stay. That’s so awful I almost can’t fathom it.
I also have a hard time fathoming the fact that we’ve been at war for several years now. It’s sometimes very possible for me to forget we’re even at war. When I think of a country being at war, I think of bombs, cratered cities with orphaned children, food shortages, power shortages, air raids, bomb drills, propaganda posters, war bonds… Stereotypical war stuff. It almost bothers me that here in America we can mill about and go on with our daily lives, oblivious to the fact that other countries are experiencing these sorts of things, sometimes directly through our influence. How is it possible that we can be so oblivious? It’s WAR, for chrissakes. WAR. I feel like I should be sacrificing in some way – salvaging for the war effort or something. Is this stupid? I guess war to me seems like it should be similar to what I’ve read about World War II.
My deep thoughts for the day.