Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Every now and then I come across something that gets under my skin and provokes me to climb up onto my soap box and say something about it. This month, it seems it is a story in the International Herald Tribune about a young man who was born into a prison camp. Generally, even in places where slavery still exists, the children are not automatically slaves these days. But this story would seem to suggest that, not very far from where I am living these days, several generations are brutally punished and made to do hard labor for their entire lives because of the sins of an ancestor or relative. The punishment is truly reprehensible. The fact that it is meted out to those who have committed no crime is utterly unforgivable. And the results of all of this are so, so sad.