The list is endless. A list of countries with humanitarian crises.
Yet, the reality show candidate from the "family values" party has managed to make the year-plus long campaign all about him and his penis. Nero playing the fiddle is, by comparison, a much more empathetic act!
A couple of days ago, the New York Times had these photographs of refugees.. Fleeing from a number of countries in Africa because of the chaotic conditions there. So chaotic that they were willing to risk it all, by attempting to cross deep waters while crammed into boats. Crammed enough that some died merely from the conditions in the boat. In one boat that had about 150 people, rescuers found 29 bodies--10 men and 19 women.
Yet, we continue to be focused on the candidate and his penis.
Have we no sense of shame and decency? Have we become so devoid of empathy, and so captivated by one man's penis show?
In an interview with National Public Radio, the photographer who took those photos had this to say:
the number may never go down if we as a Western society, we don't do something to stop all this conflict and war in their countries. We have the responsibility of what's happening there because maybe we don't help or we - you know, there is something that we could do better to help this situation.What is that "better" that we can do? I know one thing we could have done better--we could have made sure that we brought forward a candidate who would not put on a penis show. That itself could have helped us think about, and discuss, some of the global priorities. We could have attempted to understand how the candidates differ in their understanding of the issues and the policy ideas they have. Instead, we have had nothing but a pornographic political theatre.
I have to make my own peace in all these. I made a donation to my favorite humanitarian group--Doctors Without Borders. In the grand scheme of things, my donation will not make a damn difference. But, a man has got to do what a man has got to do.
And, even though a stranger mocks me in her email--in response to my latest newspaper column--all I can do is wish for world peace, fully recognizing my insignificant place in this political landscape.