Friday, August 05, 2011

Ebenezer Suz

I'm probably going to sound completely cold and heartless, but this is my blog, so... better here than anywhere else!

Overall, I consider myself a fairly compassionate person.  But whenever I see those "starving children in Africa, so please send money" commercials, I feel nothing.  No compassion, no pity, nothing.  I see bits on the news about this massive famine in Africa right now, the worst in decades, and do you think I feel for those people either?  Nope.  I just tune it out.

I'm sure there's a cultural thing I'm missing out on, but you know what I don't feel any compassion?  Because I don't understand why people keep having children if you're diseased, unable to feed yourself, unable to feed the children you keep having, etc.  I just don't get it.

So is it just me?  Am I heartless?  Or is it just a cultural (or maybe biological) thing that I just don't have?

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Anonymous qc said...

Not heartless but maybe you don't get the full cultural awareness. These women don't have the financial resources to practice any form of birth control, apart from using nursing as a (ineffective) means of spacing the next pregnancy.

As a generalization, most of these women live in patriarchical societies, where they don't have the right or the willpower to deny men sex. Culturally, having a large family in 3rd world societies was/is seen as desirable since the children can grow up to support the parents in their old age. Child mortality in such areas is very high so the more children, the greater the chances of one or two of them surviving to adulthood.

August 07, 2011 6:32 AM  

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