Today my son received a citizenship award at his elementary school.
The chaos of the rowdy school children all crowded in the gym normally make me smile with delight at their energy and optimism.
But today my happiness was sabotaged by remembrances.
I kept thinking of the terrible massacre of school children in CT, for whom I mourn.
I think many in the US (and elsewhere) who love children are stuggling with that event.
But senseless violence against children is growing, I think, everwhere.
I think of the innocent children draw into and killed in civil wars Africa.
I think of the innocent children killed by US drones in the Middle East.
I think of the innocent children who die of preventable disease and hunger throughout poor nations.
I think of the children in Japan and elsewhere who are being sacrificed to the nuclear complex and I think with sadness upon every other industrial complex in energy, chemicals, and food that pushes their terrible externalities upon the civilian populations, where they afflict our most vulnerable.
I had to leave my child's assembly because I needed to cry.
I feel tired now.
Moms and Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas, Aunts and Uncles - those who love children - need to unite to stop preventable suffering and harm.
Each of the scenarios I describe derives from choices that have been made.
We can change those choices by prioritizing the health and welfare of future populations, even if means acknowledging massive mistakes that have been made in the past.