Moral duties

If you hopped across looking for my Blog-tember post, I was incapable of putting one together today.

[I originally posted this post on Friday, for Five Minute Friday. I left comments off on Friday but I’m opening them again, as I re-post this, as some readers may have other ideas of how to help. Please, if you do have any other ideas of how individuals can help, do leave ideas in the comments. I am absolutely sure that we can all do something and a whole lot of small somethings add up to a great deal]

Joining in with Five Minute Friday: this week’s word Yes



She left her home (who knows when: was it dark? Was she in the middle of cooking lunch? Were her children still out playing somewhere?). She left her town. Her country. (I’m sure none of these decisions were met with an active ‘yes’ on her part).

Terrified, she and her two children stepped in to the boat. Terrified, they felt the water entering the boat. Powerless to do anything about it – stranded, literally stranded, as they were – nothing familiar to cling on to (except each other).

There, in that water, so far from her home, her life, and the life of her two children, ended.

I’m hoping, praying, that the human face of this refugee tragedy can be considered by the powers that be, that they find some way (however that might be) to find yes.

[Little Aylan Kurdi, little Ghalib Kurdi and their brave mother Tima: may your souls find the peace you were denied in life]


I made the decision to re-post my original post about this as I just saw, this morning, that Ann Voskamp has a really powerful post on her blog about the events that are unfolding in Hungary and across Europe. In the post, she lists ways of how each of us could do something to help. I urge you to click across and see if there is some way you can offer help to these people.

As The Independent so powerfully stated, “…people are dying and they need our help. If we cannot see that, then we have no right to look away from the consequences of inaction”



One thought on “Moral duties

  1. This is a subject that is very near to my heart. Standing in a mass grave does that to you.

    We absolutely face a moral imperative in helping the refugees; that goes without saying, or at least it should. When I was working on my doctorate, the public university at which I was in residence used public money to build something they called a ‘grand academic promenade; one wonders how many children could have been saved from starvation had the students and faculty simply continued to walk on blacktop paths.

    But I believe that more is required. We have to stop the people and policies that create the refugee crises in the first place, and the only effective way to do that is to terminate their operations, with prejudice.(Yes, that’s a real-life phrase. Hollywood didn’t invent it.)

    We understood this, we in the West, seventy years ago. We did not accept the thought that Hitler might continue on in power, confined behind Germany’s pre-1938 borders. We did not agree to Japan’s continued presence in Manchuria. And it’s good that we did not, for the crematories at Auschwitz operated to the end, and Japan continued its medical experiments on living subjects.

    But since then, we’ve swallowed a sort of cultural relativism, and swallowed it whole. We’ve adopted as truths statements like “one man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter”.

    As an example, in 1978 ZIPRA terrorists (I use the word deliberately) used an SA-7 to shoot down Air Rhodesia flight 825; the airliner crashed, albeit with survivors…most of whom were them murdered by ZIPRA personnel.

    In the end, The Smith government did hand over power, and ZIPRA were elevated to the status of freedom fighters. But in my book, killing the survivors of a civilian airline crash falls so far beyond the pale of humanity that it’s unrecognizable.

    And these are the people with whom, as Christians, we seem to claim a moral equivalence. If we’re angry with another, so some say, we’re guilty of murder. We seek to don the hair shirt, as if it will gain God’s approval, and the admiration of our fellow Christians.

    What rubbish. There is good, and there is evil, and we simply HAVE to make a moral; choice, not throw our hands in the air and say, “We’re all guilty!”

    Guilty we may be, but that pusillanimous mewling does not absolve us of our responsibility to protect the weak, the young, the aged, and the innocent, using whatever means are required.

    Please pardon my emphasising that. WHATEVER means are required.

    We failed in Rwanda, we failed in Cambodia, we failed in East Timor, we failed in Bosnia, we failed in Darfur. And now we are failing in Syria, and in Nigeria. We are going to the mall whilst our family – and yes, we ARE all one – is being enslaved, tortured, and murdered.

    Makes Food Court rather less appetizing, I think. It should.

    It’s time to demand that our leaders take action, and to show these leaders our resolve by making the sacrifices ourselves. It’s time to raise the hammer. It’s time to unleash hell on those who would foment tragedy for their own ideals, or their own egos.

    And those who were responsible for the mass grave mentioned above? I do not know what God they served, but forgiveness was between them and Him, or It, or whatever.

    That meeting was arranged.

    (I hope you’ll pardon the length and intensity of this comment, Helen. I read your post, and it took me back to a place I dream of every night. I’m too ill now to be anything but a liability, but if I still could, I’d freelance, and rejoin the fight.)


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