“Live towards what ought to be.” Falling Whistles

by Meredith Angeline Hinton

We look forward to the time when the Power of Love will replace the Love of Power.  Then will our world know the blessings of peace.  -William Ewart Gladstone

 

The desire for power, wealth, and advancement has left millions marginalized, silenced, and forgotten. Who is measuring the value of human life? Why has the grand discourse that says life is only valuable in as much as it can give you what you want the predominate voice?

 

Violence

 

Hunger

 

War

 

They all scream out…

 

This isn’t right….

 

You have heard it before….don’t grow deaf.

 

The devastation in the Congo has left 5.4 million dead. The death toll of the war in the Congo is higher than any war since WWII. The lives of innocent children are being measured by that horrible discourse.

 

I am in a class called “Modern Africa” this semester and it has been interesting to learn about the colonization of Africa. One Colonialist we studied was King Leopold who is responsible for thousands upon thousands of deaths in the Congo because of  Belgium’s desire for power, wealth, and advancement.

 

That was in the 19th century.

 

We are in the 21st.

 

This is still happening today.

 

Mineral wealth is being snatched up, people are being killed, and we have electronics to show for it….

 

Where are our voices? Where is our humanity?

 

How do we value life?

 

Help.

 

 

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