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Tuesday, September 26 2017 @ 02:06 PM AST

Parent turns to Ghandi's words amidst Keyana tragedy

Letter to the Editor:

Over the past few days, I, like most parents have held my children a little closer, been more vigilant in keeping tabs on them and in general, been more protective; because of what is happening to our children, and in particular Keyana – a little innocent. What if that had happened to our child! Our hearts go out to those who are suffering the grief, pain and sorrow.

How have we as human beings reached the stage where an innocent human life can be treated this way! And how can we effect change! Many persons have been clamoring for more formal rules and regulations, and although this may have its place for external safe-guards, internally we need to also look at the life issues, which propel individuals to subconsciously conceive of acting in this manner towards another fellow human.

The thought is planted long before the act and when we deaden our conscience through consistent exposure to senseless acts of violence on the media from an early age, view pornography – which treats females solely as objects of pleasure, commit abortion – which nullifies the value of the human person, even when we live out the contraceptive mentality which according to Mahatma Ghandi: “Contraceptive methods are like putting a premium on vice. It makes men and women reckless...As it is, man has sufficiently degraded woman for his lust, and CONTRACEPTION (no matter how well meaning the advocates may be) will still further degrade her.“

Crimes against the sacred human life begin with degrading, devaluing and disrespecting all levels of the human person: physical, psychological and spiritual. Unless we come to terms with the source of the problem and each one of us looks inward at how we value the human person, these types of violent crimes will not change.

Tonia Gooding
Trinidad & Tobago

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