Wednesday, March 19, 2008

I'm all fired up

There will probably be a few posts today because I have so much going through my mind, which stems from several recent events.

The first one is about Human Trafficking. Yesterday I went to a seminar in Winston-Salem put on by the Salvation Army.

I have followed the problem of modern day slavery for a little over a year now and at times have gotten overwhelmed or lost emotional connection with the plight of millions. Yesterday, I didn't learn anything new, but I did start to see sexual slavery in a new light.

The biggest thing I took away was the subtle ways that we all feed into the system that perpetuates demand for buying sex, buying sex from individuals who are powerless to walk away, who don't have a voice, who are struck with fear, who know nothing else, who are objects of hate, who are objects of lust, who are crying on the inside.

I am a part of the problem.
You are a part of the problem.
We cannot escape it.

The porn industry is a multi-billion dollar industry. Strip clubs and fantasies may seem innocent enough, but looking beneath the surface and seeing how so much is connected to lies, deceit, and injustice might teach us all a thing or two.

It only takes a few clicks on the internet to find web sites full of hate and the ability to use and buy women like they are an item at the super market.

But, we feed into it daily.
Some of my favorite TV shows subtly reinforce our lust.
Some of our radio stations make fun of it.

There is a lot of work to do. I think it starts with a look at our own lives.

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