Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Speaking of Affluence

yeah, it's posting day. But I'm not up for it. I've spent the last two days immersed in the life of Ishmael Beah, the boy soldier, and I am feeling.....

a lot.

But none of it eco-friendly.

So my apologies to you all, who clicked here looking for great green tips to help save the planet and instead found a melancholy woman wondering what, if anything, can be done to help the children of this world who are, through no fault of their own, thrust into lives filled with poverty, hunger, injustice and war.

I need to either go vomit or eat. Not sure which.

Oh, and thanks, MOM, for the cheery-ass book recommendation. Maybe for an encore you could swing by and read "No, Virginia, There is No Santa (and other lies your parents feed you)" to my kids.

11 comments:

MamaBird said...

As my DH likes to say, "Are you reading again?!" This might cheer you up: http://www.slate.com/id/2198756/ xo

Apls said...

These kinds of stories just kill me. This is where US foreign policy could make a real difference if only we could pay attention.

Anonymous said...

*Hug*
~kt

Fake Plastic Fish said...

I heard an interview with him on NPR. It was amazing. Yes, there's a lot to be depressed about in this world. But what's amazing are the people who survive horrendous circumstances and go on to do great things. How is it that some humans can be so heartless and weak and others have an inner strength that can't be broken?

Is is just all brain chemicals? Or is there more to it?

leslie said...

What do you mean there's no Santa Claus!!!????

Hausfrau said...

Sounds like me when I read Derrick Jensen's books. I was depressed for a month! A Language Older than Words or A Culture of Make Believe - extremely interesting perspectives and research, but they tend to paralyze me into a wine-drinking, sniffling mess. Great recommendation, huh?

Anonymous said...

You're welcome, Erin.
I love you,
Mom

Chile said...

Sorry to hear your reading's got ya down. Never trust book recommendations from family and friends. I had a friend once who recommended a book to help me understand her mom who had multiple personality syndrome. The book described such horrific abuse that I had nightmares for months.

Just say NO!

eco 'burban mom said...

Hang in there 'burbs! Moms can be SO annoying, can't they? Mine especially... ;o) I agree with you though. When I look at my boys and realize that when they learn of the hunger and poverty and disease that exists in the world, it will change them forever. I keep thinking it's my job to make sure they understand what they CAN do about it.

Robj98168 said...

Well now I know what book I aint gonna read! And BTW whaddya mean there aint no Santa Claus. I refuse to believe that!

Fashion Ethic said...

It gets better. These stories used to make me feel the same way, but then I started volunteering the Seattle office of the IRC (International Rescue Committee). Seeing and helping refugees newly resettled or reunited with their family in the US is 100% inspiring and renews my sense of pride in my country. But staying abreast of topics is also key - so I would still recommend Beah's book to all!