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tj, being a parent or having children, whether one's own or otherwise, has nothing to do with observing how people all over the planet treat children all over the planet. Infants, children, teen warriors in Africa, much less how they treat other adults.
In many parts of the world life still is cheap. Children are pups, dropped every nine or ten months and expected to have a high attrition rate in many cultures. Literally bought and sold like any other livestock, for similar reasons, and used as payment for debts.
If that is a revelation that shocks you, you've been sheltered in a Western Christian Culture for too long. And you probably haven't been reading or watching the Nooze for the past few years. Take you choice, all in the US, all recently:
Mother drowns two in tub
Mother drives car into lake, drowning kids in back seat
Teenager gives birth at prom, flushes baby down toilet
Young mother abandons baby in field
Not to mention, all the states that now provide formal "dump your baby here, no consequences" shelters at religions buildings, hospitals, and fire departments, in order to prevent so many mothers from literally throwing their baby out in the trash here in the US.
Be horrified, or not. That's got nothing to do with the fact that life is held CHEAP, by many people, in many places. Wanna buy a baby? No problem, there's plenty for sale, no questions asked. That just means, the presence of a baby on that boat, is no indication of anything else--including whether the sinking was the accident from negligent maintainance that it simply appears to be.
Last edited by hellosailor; 06-04-2007 at 12:26 PM.