Did the people of Viet Nam use lanterns of stone? Did they hold ceremonies to reverence the opening of buds? Were they inclined to quiet laughter? Did they use bone and ivory, jade and silver, for ornament? Had they an epic poem? Did they distinguish between speech and singing? Sir, their light hearts turned to stone. It is not remembered whether in gardens stone gardens illumined pleasant ways. Perhaps they gathered once to delight in blossom, but after their children were killed there were no more buds. Sir, laughter is bitter to the burned mouth. A dream ago, perhaps. Ornament is for joy. All the bones were charred. it is not remembered. Remember, most were peasants; their life was in rice and bamboo. When peaceful clouds were reflected in the paddies and the water buffalo stepped surely along terraces, maybe fathers told their sons old tales. When bombs smashed those mirrors there was time only to scream. There is an echo yet of their speech which was like a song. It was reported their singing resembled the flight of moths in moonlight. Who can say? It is silent now. ~ What Were They Like? –
Contemplate the relationship between rights, responsibilities, power and sovereignty.
We spend a lot of time talking about rights — the right to life, liberty and equality. Human rights, animal rights, constitutional rights, civil rights. The right to be free, to have a voice in the governance and decision-making that affects individual, social and planetary well-being. The right to clean water, clean air, an education, health care. The right to equal opportunities, and so on.
What are we really talking about, in all our talk about rights? Are these theoretical or aspirational rights? As in “It would be good if everyone had these” or “This is what we’re aiming for.”
Are they absolute rights, akin in some way to laws of nature, inherent in the very fact of existence?
Are they rights because we say so? As in “We, as a species, are committed to ensuring that everyone has these and we’ll do whatever it takes to make that happen?”
What makes them rights, as opposed to something else — wishes, values propositions, intentions, goals, aspirations?
If these rights are more than simply abstract notions, who is responsible for delivering them? How do we assign or accept that responsibility? How do we measure how effectively the responsibilities for delivering those rights are being met? What are the mechanisms of accountability? What are the mechanisms of redress?
Are rights determined by individual nations, via their own constitutions or other instruments of governance, including the judiciary?
Are there such things as universal rights, or is that just rhetoric? If our rhetoric embodies our values, then how do we act to make rights universal?
The question remains, what do we need to do, to bring our vision of universal rights into 3-D reality? We must begin by re-ordering our priorities, the choices we make and the responsibilities we commit ourselves to, as individuals, first. Without that, there’s no foundation for the communal, co-creative work necessary to bring about universal rights.
Maybe the rhetoric of rights needs to be reframed to something more modest, more aligned with the truth of things.
We don’t have the capacity to deliver rights, but we do have the capacity to join together — as members of a human community, as partners with the subtle energy beings who hold the blueprints for the emergence of all forms of life — to be agents of provision, nurturance, freedom, sovereignty, justice, equity and so on. If we are willing to act on behalf of all beings — not just human beings — we have the creativity and resources to ensure that all life has what it needs to thrive.
I don’t know if this is doable, but I do know that if we don’t do what we can, and begin where we are, nothing will change. If we act to bring this vision down to earth, it may be as a highly flawed and partial version of its potentiality, but it it will evolve and grow to benefit life on this planet. Otherwise, we’re left with rhetoric and abstractions and not much else.⚜️⚜️
David Rice was sentenced to at least 9 years for the sexual abuse of children as young as 6 while he was on bail for other child sex offences !
A babysitter who repeatedly sexually abused multiple young girls over three years has been jailed in Western Australia for more than a decade.
David Arthur Rice was aged between 57 and 60 when he committed the crimes against children ranging in age from six to 11. The offences took place between 2002 and 2005, mainly at his home. The abuse included sexually assaulting three girls in front of each other and playing pornographic videos while abusing them.
Judge David MacLean of the WA district court described the offending as brazen, persistent and perverted, and included a degree of degradation to the victims.
“They were very young and you abused that vulnerability,” MacLean said on Friday.
“Further, you were prepared to offend grievously against children in the presence of other children.
“The prosecutor submitted that the sheer level of selfishness and your complete lack of care for such small children and the perpetuation of this type of offending for sexual gratification is staggering.
“I accept the submission.”
While Rice was convicted for abusing five girls, others were involved but their identities were unknown, the court heard. Rice was on bail for other serious offences against children when he committed the crimes, which left his victims deeply traumatised, unable to maintain relationships and engaging in self harm.
He was sentenced to 11 years in jail and will be eligible for parole after serving nine.
How was he allowed to be near children while he was on bail for other child sexual assaults ?
How does someone who has committed so many child sex crimes escape a prison sentence of at least life behind bars ?
One of his victims was 6 years old, raping a child under 10 can land you behind bars for at least 20 years, yet he gets only 11 and is eligible for parole in 9.
What of the victims they can’t yet identify ?
Are they being sought out for counselling ? Not to mention the addition of more charges and more time added to his sentence, hopefully.
He was on BAIL !
Not even parole, but BAIL !
This should never have occurred!
It’s time that our children’s safety took precedence over all.
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There will come a day when people of all races, colors, and creeds will put aside their differences. They will come together in love, joining hands in unification, to heal the Earth and all Her children. They will move over the Earth like a great Whirling Rainbow, bringing peace, understanding and healing everywhere they go. Many creatures thought to be extinct or mythical will resurface at this time; the great trees that perished will return almost overnight. All living things will flourish, drawing sustenance from the breast of our Mother, the Earth.
The great spiritual Teachers who walked the Earth and taught the basics of the truths of the Whirling Rainbow Prophecy will return and walk amongst us once more, sharing their power and understanding with all. We will learn how to see and hear in a sacred manner. Men and women will be equals in the way Creator intended them to be; all children will be safe anywhere they want to go. Elders will be respected and valued for their contributions to life. Their wisdom will be sought out. The whole Human race will be called The People and there will be no more war, sickness or hunger forever.