Thursday, November 8, 2012
When I was in South Africa last month, I absolutely loved the people. They were very warm and very open to talk about their lives and their difficulties.
But in the midst of that their openness, they revealed things that were absolutely heartbreaking.
Us in the U.S. can not imagine what many of them face there. I know we have some very awful crimes and people who do horrible things as well. But what I found there was shocking.
Can you imagine a place where about 1 in 3 girls have been raped. A place where around 1 in 4 or 5 have HIV. And why do many have it, because they were raped by someone with HIV. Just the way that I heard they stalk and rape their victims was so horrible. At least in the US the authorities will really go after people who rape or kill, etc. There they say many times the police do nothing, because it happens so much.
What is my point???
When you past that person on the street, who looks sad and frustrated... do you ever wonder what they may be going through? Do you wonder what they faced that day or recently?
I heard the story of a women who was raped by 19 men continuously over the course of one week. I can not even stomach to go into details of all that happened. I don't even think it would be appropriate to put on the blog. It would be too graphic. But just imagine what she went through being tied on a bed and continuously raped for one week?
Then maybe a person would pass her on the street and she happens not to speak and they say "what's her problem?" She has a big attitude problem! Not knowing that she has been through HELL the day before.
The heartbreaking reality is that we live in a world where most people could care less about what's happening with others. Most people are only concerned about themselves. It is almost shocking when we find someone who is caring, considerate, giving, kind, etc.
What was once the norm, has become somewhat alien.
So what about you and me? How should we look at those we see day to day?
I think we should always bear in mind what others are going through. Don't be quick to assume that you know what is in a persons mind. Because you don't. You should be careful before attacking people, or drawing assumptions about them.
Remember, what if the shoe was on the other foot, and it was you feeling down that day? How would you want others to treat you?