Childhood is for children. That means it is a time of innocence. Every child has innocence. Should you be responsible for taking the innocent wonder out of the life-experience of a child, you will have a lot to answer for when that child becomes an adult. It is not easy to ensure that a childhood is untainted in this day and age, but it is possible.
Childhood is short for most children these days, that is why it is important to cherish the idea of it. Again I will say it, if you cannot offer a child a happy childhood, why have one? That kind of a betrayal is sacrilege. Children are all born with hope. Love, and innocence too. If you choose to damage these faculties in a child, you can safely consider yourself a cruel person.
There are those parents that will live vicariously through their children, and this, too, tampers with the early experience that children should be having. Children need guidance, they do not need their parents to make their choices for them. Childhood is a time for exploration, for children to learn how to make sense of the world they have been born into. An adult is not able to make up a child’s mind.
It is unacceptable that there are starving people on this planet. It is totally unacceptable that children on this planet are starving. For a brain to develop and a body to thrive, grow strong, it needs sustenance. Both brain and body. When you starve children you are not just causing them hunger pains that they cannot understand but must endure, or depriving them of a childhood – for what fun can it be starving slowly to your death? – you are preventing a child the opportunity to develop its brain so that it will be a thinker in this world. We need as many thinkers as we can get. Each sadness in a deprived childhood is counted, measured. These things cannot be forgotten. They cannot be ignored. I wish to liberate every child on this planet. That it should be a private goal is perhaps of no consequence to anyone, but it should be. In this day and age – as educated as we are – we should all want the same thing. I understand there are many un-free adults, too, and these do not go unnoticed, however – the children should be our immediate concern because they are our future. Until the children are out of chains – mentally, physically, spiritually – this world is arrested; silenced by its own demise. We cannot just sit and watch the world go to shit. We have to do something about the state of affairs on this planet we all call home. Earth. We are each able to do something to make the world better. We just need to THINK right. When you are determined to find solutions to the world’s problems, you will find them. The more people that contribute to the collective in terms of positive, forward-thinking – the better off this world’s future is going to be. We should all care about what the future is going to look like – even if you do not have children you should care. We all possess the power of independent thinking and we can choose to think about what we like. There is no government that can make you think one way or another. There is no man who can force you to have his thoughts. You have to think for yourself. Do not accept things in this world that you do not like. Think about what you like and what you do not like. Concentrate on changing those things you don’t like – first in your own life and then in your community. Do not accept that as one person you cannot make a difference. You can. You just have to want to try.
If you can vote – vote. Being lazy in a democracy is a disgrace. If you can make sandwiches for the homeless people then make them – do you know how grateful a homeless person is to receive anything at all? Imagine for one minute that it was you that was sleeping on a dirty piece of cardboard on the sidewalk? Where is your self-esteem when you must sleep on the pavement? It is not in a good place. When your self-esteem is not in a good place, your thinking is not as big as it should be. Can you imagine having no fixed place to live – drifting up and down side streets and holing up in doorways? Your world becomes very small. You forget to dream. This world cannot do without dreams, or dreamers. The dreams of the pure mind are dreams worth harvesting for the future. Pure thought comes best in children that have not been abused, exploited or starved. How can we stop the bureaucracy and corruption that keeps food from people that need it? There is enough food on Earth to feed everybody – it just needs to be spread around a bit better. It’s time the aid agencies actually took accountability and changed the way their industry works. You cannot stand by and watch corruption steal maize meal from its population. You protest against conditions as they are. Who better to say something than someone right inside the situation itself? I cannot understand how people can turn a blind eye. In your next incarnation you could be the one starving. Think about it. The sooner we end suffering the sooner we will stop suffering, ourselves. We are a reflection of our environment, we are what is going on around us. How can you pretend not to see that?
ZANU PF needs to stop harrassing the people trying to provide aid to the Zimbabweans. Can those people forget their idiotic politics for one minute and concentrate on themselves as humans? They are not Mugabe’s people. They never were. It is time the Zimbabweans were liberated. Please spare them a thought in your everyday. They are a beautiful, long-suffering people. They need the world’s help. The governments cannot be bothered to offer anything more than lip-service to a Zimbabwe in strife and although this lip-service does help open the world’s eyes, it needs action to back up the words. The Zimbabweans need supervision during their July elections. It is simple. Why can the international community not put together an army of overseers and send them to Zimbabwe to watch who the people really want in power? Mugabe is so scared of the real result he cheats every time. He stuffs the ballot boxes and claims victory and everyone knows – again – that the man is lying. They are so used to their leader lying that they cannot even believe their reality any longer. Mugabe is morally bankrupt and he is responsible for a genocide. Did the world forget that? I think you would be tired of your government being in power for 30 years – can you even imagine it? The man is old and his mind is fried. He is delusional at best and the country could do with a change. They deserve a change. It would be good to see a new political party starting, one that can inspire hope. The MDC dog has been whipped by Zanu PF and it stands with its tail between its legs. You cannot feel inspired by a party like that. You need a party that can bring you what you want. I think every Zimbabwean knows that they need change. In this age of information sharing they see clearly where their future lies if they are forced to follow the same path they have been following for 30 years. They must change their pace, adjust their thinking. There is too much fear in Zimbabwe. She is crumbling under her own load. She needs to stand back and see herself for who she is. She is Zimbabwe. A mighty nation of warriors, heroes. Their energy as a people is hard not to love the first time you experience it. They are an incredibly special people. Imagine that the minds of all those Africans were free to think about something other than their unfortunate circumstances? The collective unconscious would swell with their contribution. They have an extraordinary cultural heritage to share and that sharing is valuable sharing. Their thoughts are like prayer flags in the wind. They send good vibes out into the world. We could do more to help them stand up for themselves.