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Throw Away Kids

July 31, 2012

You know, if you just keep poking around, a good blog will just up and grab you. I found this one among the normal junk about violent criminals, partially clothed celebrities, and unseemly political and business leaders that normally fill the AOL home page.

An 88 year old Chinese woman, Lou Xiaoying, who has lived in poverty all of her life, is now being recognized as a national hero. She has rescued somewhere between twenty to thirty infants from the garbage and trash. This remarkable woman, whose husband died seventeen years ago, has been earning her living working dumpsters for whatever she could sell. She found her first baby, a girl, in 1972. She now has six children, having adopted five of the babies she saved. The rest were adopted by family members and friends. She is now very ill, having worked the trash three or four times a day, all of her life.

She was quoted as saying, “I realized if we had strength enough to collect garbage, how could we not recycle something as important as human lives?”

How could we not, indeed?

Well, it just so happens that there is a story about child poverty on the same AOL home page. You click on the story about Lou Xiaoying first to find it. A UNICEF report now indicates that child poverty in the United States is the second highest among thirty-five of the world’s richest countries. They used “relative poverty,” an apparently arguable way of looking at the problem. I guess that’s what we always try to do, argue our problems away. One gentlemen quoted said it in a way I clearly understood. “Among rich countries the United States is exceptional. The United States is exceptional in our tolerance for poverty.”

I don’t think we have to look very far to find kids in poverty in our country. Children’s services agencies will tell you we have lots of throw away kids too. Go ahead, blame it on “those people,” if you must. Even so, Lou Xiaoying’s question remains. If we have strength enough to collect garbage, how could we not recycle something as important as human lives?

One Comment
  1. Another excellent post….

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