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On NBC's "Meet The Press," President Obama claimed that the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings, where 20 first-graders and six adults were slaughtered by a mentally disturbed gunman -- “Was The Worst Day Of My Presidency”.
“Really?”, I thought. Don’t get me wrong, Sandy Hook was a crime & a terrible tragedy, but I wondered: "What crosses Obama’s mind when he reads reports stating the casualties, including children, who are the victims of his secret drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, etc.?"

The children who were killed in Sandy Hook meant the world to their parents and we grief with them; yet as a society, we seem indifferent to the tears shed by heartbroken parents in Afghanistan, Iraq, Pakistan, Yemen and elsewhere. Perhaps the message is that some people matter more than others...

In a world that constantly insists that some of us are worthless, some of us are disposable, let’s change the message & follow the path of Martin Luther King, Jr. who said "I have a dream", rather than the current Obama's policy of: "I have a drone" .

MLK vs Obama
Drones are making the world less secure and creating new enemies. Their remoteness provides those responsible with a sense of impunity: “We can do this, who is going to stop us? If they try, we’ll reign death from above”.

Let’s Ban Weaponized Drones from the World and share Howard Zinn’s message:

“I wonder how the foreign policies of the United States would look if we wiped out the national boundaries of the world, at least in our minds, and thought of all children everywhere as our own. Then we could never drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, or napalm on Vietnam, or wage war anywhere, because wars, especially in our time, are always wars against children, indeed our children.”
Like children, the elderly are often ignored, worse considered useless / 'all used up', and finally discarded.  Even China, a country described so vividly in Pearl Buck’s ‘The Good Earth’ as one that revered its elders, now has a law requiring adult children to visit their parents.
As a society we have discarded the values extolled by numerous stories that indicate “age brings wisdom”.  Forgetting their contributions, we rush to get ahead of the pack, when as Jennifer Lewis’ song:  ‘Grandma Small’ points out:  our elders are the often the only ones who will:
“...always [be] happy to see me
My Grandma Small took me in,
Even when I didn’t win...
I love my Grandma Small”

In gratitude and remembrance to those considered  ‘disposable’, I’d like to dedicate this poem:

Disposable People

Great minds wasted.
Disposable people,
Disposable earth,
We treat each other and the earth as being disposable --

People, the Planet.
Not taken care of -- worthless.
Garbage piled up due to all our stuff.

Our stuff made of the blood, sweat and tears by
Workers in:
Bangladesh, China, and...
Prison labor right here in the good old U. S. A

Where does it end?
When do we say enough?

But sometimes we can salvage trash
And make something beautiful...
From Garbage --
Landfill Harmonic is a film about:
Inspiring Dreams One Note at a Time...
A remarkable orchestra
From a remote village in Paraguay...
Where children manage to play
In a Recycled Orchestra

With instruments made from
Our discarded items...
Imagine: the body of a cello made from
A discarded metal canister,
A violin made of scrap metal
And discarded wood.

Turning Trash into Musical Treasure.

The Recycled Orchestra
Knows how to make
Beautiful music
Keep Playing,
Keep Dreaming,
Stay in the Game...

As the Lorax once said:
"Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
Nothing is going to get better. It's not".


Not to put too fine a point on it, but all people matter.  None of us is ‘disposable’.

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    What do we live for, if not to make the world a less difficult place for each other.--George Elliot

    by Independent Musings on Sat Jan 19, 2013 at 07:54:52 PM PST

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    "disposable," and it doesn't just apply to our troops.
    The U.S. of A is a materialistic culture, not because we value material things, but because human beings are treated as if they were material things -- disposable.
    We are instructed to save money, instead of saving people and souls.
    It is, I think, the echo of our original sin, buying and selling and owning human beings as if they were things -- disposable.
    It makes sense that as industry has worn out the number of things it could peddle -- as the cupboard of natural resources has been stripped bare -- they would turn to another increasingly abundant resource, the supply of people.
    It seems strange that the more humans other humans kill off, the more humans there are. But, that's because we don't understand how stress works. Poor Todd Akin is a good example. He was convinced that the stress coerced intercourse would act counter to reproduction. But, the fact is that more pregnancies result per interaction from rape than from consensual sex. When organisms are stressed, they reproduce like crazy. It's how species insure their survival and evolve. An increase in the numbers increases variables and the chance that an adverse condition for most will prove advantageous to some. You can see it in minnows. Put a few in a new body of water, a pond you've just dug and filled with fresh water, and the first thing they'll do, even though there's not much to eat, is reproduce.
    Which leads me to suggest that the increasing human population is not a sign of success. Rather, it is a sign of stress and failure -- the human species reproducing more in the "expectation" that some will find the depleted environment survivable.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 03:46:06 AM PST

    •  Great insights. (1+ / 0-)
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      Your comment offers some great insights -- you may want to use it as the beginnings of a new diary.  Thank you for reading / commenting.   By the way, we have the same name, except mine is Hanna (without the “h” at the end).

      What do we live for, if not to make the world a less difficult place for each other.--George Elliot

      by Independent Musings on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 06:47:52 AM PST

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