I love to keep up with current events. I also like being alive. I also value being an American citizen and being free. There is much to celebrate this Valentines Day. Except....
I hate reading, on an almost daily basis, one story after another about the brutalizing of women all over the world by grown men who should know better.
For example, last night I felt my self wanting to explode at who ever it was who raped and burned some young mother in Sudan whose picture is prominently displayed on the media. It is equally difficult for me to tolerate the oppression and seemingly indiscriminate arrests of thousands of women in Iran simply wanting equal rights. There are countless other stories all sharing the same theme: man's inhumanity to women.
To me this is absurd. There is absolutely no justification for this outrageous arbitrary behavior.
I believe that it is all together proper and right that each person be left to be and to do as they wish as long as it does not violate my own or another's basic right to do the same for themselves. But when my own right or that of a defenseless other's rights are indeed violated, then I feel a responsbility to take a stand and in what ever way I am able to try to try to call a halt to this travesty of justice.
As I have very little clout to accomplish this aim the best I can do at the moment is to lend my heartfelt support for all of the oppressed women of the world - So to all of you I send a special valentine that I - at least one man - support your desire to be as free as me. Happy Valentines day.