25 March 2008

self-portrait challenge: political.4

We know the statistics.

A lack of clean water kills a child every fifteen seconds.



And I'm wondering about this today, about why we really don't care about the child who died fifteen seconds ago. Or the one who will die in fifteen more seconds. Or the one dying right now.

Perhaps stats like that just seem too far removed from our modern world to be real. Or perhaps we've heard it so often that our hearts are too calloused to break.


Or perhaps it's because it's not our kid dying.






But that will be some mother's child. And the death will be real. And I can do something to change her reality.

With a hundred dollars, I could buy a new purse, a cute pair of sandals, a meal at a swanky restaurant. Or I could save someone's kid.



I'd like to think that if this were my child, if it somehow, someday is my child, you'd do the same for me.




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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Nic, Thanks for the link and for the insight. I'll be sure to pass both on. Keep up the beautiful writing - it's always inspiring. ~D

Melissa said...

We live in a world of instant gratification. We turn on a switch and we have light. We turn a knob and have water. We can go around the corner and buy food without any effort except to walk in and out of the store. We take way too many things for granted.

~love said...

gorgeous photos!!!

this does break my heart daily. and although it angers me at time how hardened it seems a lot of people are, i've come to accept that awareness is the best weapon we have. so thanks for putting it out there in such a beautiful way.

i wish i could get in on these political SPCs...you've done a wonderful job with them.

i adore you. =)

Rebekah said...

I wish I could save the world! But is a good thing to be able to help one child at a time. Great message, Nic.

Amy said...

Thanks for sharing this. We all get so caught up in our own little worlds and never stop to think about the suffering going on in the world. Something as simple as water we take for granted every single day...this is touching.

Steph said...

Wow- thank you for using such beautiful language and pictures to get this message out there.

You're always in inspiration.

Blessings!
Steph

Kozy Kitty said...

Beautiful photos and beautiful post. It made me cry--in a good way.

Tisha said...

amazing pictures and great inspiration to just do more.

Tisha said...

amazing pictures and great inspiration to just do more.

Amy said...

Thanks for sharing this. We all get so caught up in our own little worlds and never stop to think about the suffering going on in the world. Something as simple as water we take for granted every single day...this is touching.