The above picture was sent to me with a smile by my twitter friend @FixItFish three days ago and I responded with a peace message. Yet, each time I look at it, I see a different story.
Today however, it tells the story of every child in our world - every child without a voice, every Malala, Trayvon Martin, Sandy Hook student, and countless children who learn daily that they are not protected enough by the society. That sometimes, adults can harm them and get away with their crimes because of the laws put in place by the adults who are supposed to protect them. That a trip to the neighborhood convenience store for a pack of candy may be asking for trouble and sometimes, death.
So, where do we send the children to protect them from the insanity that is our planet, from laws and "rights" that are meant to protect adults only, even in the event that children are hurt or murdered?
Look at the picture above, the kids are on a sandy beach. Sure, there are adults watching them but, focus on the image itself. And then, return to the action in the image. Today it says, "I love you," "I will be here for you," "I will protect you," "I will never let you go," "We have each other and together we will excel," and a whole lot more. Perhaps, the children will do a better job of it than society today.
Now, I don't know about you but, my thoughts are that children may be safer on Mars than they would ever be here on earth. Perhaps, when @MarsCuriosity is done roving the planet, we could send children there for their own safety; a place where societal laws protect them rather than hinder or terminate their right to live and their right to enjoy the simplest things in life like "skittles." A planet where their right to live and thrive is more important than an adult's right of gun ownership or to "stand" their "ground." A planet where politicians remember that they promised to protect the weak in our society who by the way, are mostly children, and make good on their promises.
Why do I wish for an alternate universe for our children, our little brothers and sisters, nephews and nieces, and little cousins on this earth? Because with the verdict yesterday came the insolent awakening, that again, society has failed the weakest among us and that, will go down in history as the greatest form of Man's Inhumanity Against Man.
Let's do better for the children!