As the John Mayer tune goes, we keep on "Waiting for the World to Change."
And as much as I love that tune, it has always disturbed me in a complex way. I don't believe in sitting back, idly, and just waiting for anything ... least of all, for the world to change.
"It's not that we don't care - it's just that we know the fight ain't fair ..." the song goes.
I say we can't sit back. I say we have to have a voice, but more than that — we have to have action along with that voice. If each of us on this planet just did a little something, with a listening heart, we might see changes ocurr sooner! At least we could make the world better for perhaps one living soul at a time. Repairing the world as we know it.
It's a new year ... 2012. What can we wish for — and what do we pray for? So many people say "peace." There's all kinds of peace. World peace. Peace between friends, between family members. Peace of spirit. Peace within one's self. For so many in our world, a moment of peace is seemingly unobtainable. It does not come easily to many — especially in lands other than our United States of America.
A 15-year-old girl, a native of Afghanistan, did not make the front page news today. Instead, her story — her ordeal and torture — was placed on page nine of The New York Times. A small column on the lower right corner of a page, right next to the "Names of the Dead" soldiers from the Department of Defense. A two inch square photo of her battered face caught my eye. I guess I'm tuned in to that kind of stuff — never fathoming the pain inflicted on such a child. A young girl, who just can't afford to wait for the world to change. She almost lost her life.
From Kabul, Afghanistan, the reporter wrote of her injuries — inflicted by her own family member. Sahur Gul, this young girl, will never have peace within her soul — she has been through too much. My heart hurts for her, my mind is enraged. She can never erase what she has survived, for there are no do-overs in abuse.
"Officials in the northeastern Baghlan Province said the in-laws (she is married at 15!) had kept the girl, Sahar Gul, in a basement for six months, ripped her fingernails out, tortured her with hot irons and broke her fingers."
A most unpleasant subject to address, we do need to acknowledge the atrocities taking in place in our world, in this day and age. How could this happen in our world, our 21st Century? And what kind of mind thinks to torture a young girl like this?
Unfortunately, in many foreign lands, this is probably not uncommon. And unfortunately, too, in our own country — crimes are being committed every second, where humans hurt and torture others. Our world definitely needs to change.
I was once married to a man who did things to me. Things that no one should have to endure. In no way meant to compare my own history with the suffering of Sahar in Afghanistan, I have often asked medical experts, psychologists and the like, "How does a person think of such things — how can someone hurt another so badly and think up ways to torture another being?"
The answer I would get: "Sick minds do that. Julie, thank God you don't understand it."
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