Kudos to the very apt photo chosen by CD to accompany this article. I know this photo has been published before, here at CD, but it is a powerful testament to what is really at stake.
It is really difficult to delve deep inside that human story, that this scene illuminated by the sun captures.
But it is important to do just that.
It's difficult to have compassion for the soldiers, but even just a speck is appropriate. Most of us, have compassion for the soldier who has the rude awakening to the horrors committed and then dedicates the rest of his PTSD life trying to rectify the acts. Soldiers conditioned by propaganda of the State, tentacles of which become embedded in the culture at large, and the rest.
Honestly, I have great difficulty conjuring up this compassion.
What is so powerful in this image, are of course the refugee children, and the adult (presumably the parent) clinging together. The crying girl in particular shreds the heartstrings if you pause only for a brief moment to imagining living her life in that slice of time, from the innocent experience of a child.
And what brings us these scenes of human drama?
A very small group of individuals who, through their own personal agendas of power and greed see fit to play people as so many pawns on a chess board. These people, know best not to let their hearts engage in that drama of the little girl, else their whole id be destroyed, premature to the inevitable awakening they shall likely have in that moment of transition out of this life.
Yes those impulses of power and greed are in all of us. Most keep such impulses in check. It's not entirely just a species problem. The innate state of mind of those kids, in different circumstances would be of course, love, joy, laughter, play, and wanting the world to be a better place.
I hope somehow they are doing better.