So I watched a show called Taboo last night on the National Geographic channel. They had 3 segments. In Thailand, parents make their kids fight Mui Thai for money, a woman is still breast-feeding her 6 year old son, and shiite muslims butcher themselves and encourage their sons to butcher themselves during the “festival” of ashoura.
Oh, and they showed how 100 years ago, children in western countries worked at an early age. Nice moral equivalence, this episode. First of all, let’s take the breast-feeding story right out of it. Whatever the merits of doing it that long, or of weaning a child at an earlier age, this just isn’t in the same league as the other segments!
Let’s quickly address child labor so we can get on to the real point. Today, people take it as a god-given right of children not to work until 16 or 18. This is the same error as Marxism. Where will the stuff come from, that we all have a “right” to consume? A childhood of leisure and education is a luxury only affordable to the wealthy (such as the majority of Americans today). Societies such as America 100 years ago, or most of the world today, cannot afford this.
Now, on to sending children to risk their lives and their brains in the blood sport of Mui Thai. They are poor. They are doing it for money. They need money. But it’s wrong. You earn money in order to pay for the values necessary to human life. You can’t destroy human life in order to earn money (well you can, but I condemn it). It’s bad enough when consenting adults risk their lives, health, and brains to fight for money. It is obscene to force a child into this self-destructive lifestyle.
The one thing that I will say about it is that it appears (based on the “depth” of watching 20 minutes about it on TV, mind you!) to be based on a desire to earn money, based on human values. That is not the case with the acts of bloody self-mutiliation of the shiites during ashoura.
Unlike the parents of the fighting toddlers of Mui Thai, who said they were confident that their children would not be seriously hurt, the parents of the children who were deeply cutting themselves in a frenzy of violent self-loathing in an out-of-control festival of thousands doing likewise knew their children could be killed. They were not merely fatalistic about it, but defiant.
One father said he would not be sad if his son died. One mother said that she would be proud if her son was martyred.
Folks, this is a death cult. They don’t love or value their children. They are trained from infancy that their lives are worthless, and the goal is death.
The multicultural announcer tried to obscure the distinction between a culture that loves its children and this culture that wants to destroy theirs. But this is what we’re up against.
We basically, despite many decades of socialized education, love life and love our kids. Our implacable enemy does not want to live. They want us to die. Not only do we not really grasp this, but we have TV shows and “news” that lie about this distinction.
The good news is that it is easy for our military to defeat these knife-wielding savages. The bad news is that we have not yet admitted that we know who the enemy is. We are only fighting a war “on terror”, that not-quite-clear tactic used by unknown or unmentionable people. What is clear is that Lutheran grandmothers have to be searched before being allowed to get on airplanes, and it is not permissable to focus one’s search on muslims from saudia arabia or pakistan.
And right now, every voice on TV agrees that cultures are just different, and no judgement can be made.
Our lives depend on making this judgement. If that statement seems far fetched, look at the example of the hare who raced the tortoise. The hare didn’t think it was possible to lose.