So… Suddenly Everyone is an Expert on Gorillas and Parenting…

I interrupt normal scheduling that’s usually filled with free association rambles and meanderings and I turn my focus to something that has been filling my newsfeed for the last couple of days…

If you haven’t seen this, then I have no idea what planet you’ve been on… I refer to the death of Harambe, the 17-year-old silverback gorilla. No matter which way you look at this, this is undoubtedly a tragic event and it concerns me… it concerns me on very many levels…

It concerns me that suddenly anybody with access to a keypad is a self-appointed expert… whether that be on child rearing or animal behaviour…

It concerns me that suddenly there is finger pointing and waving and ranting… and people arguing over who is to blame… blaming and shaming and stone throwing…

There are very many things that concern me about this and my thoughts and emotions are tied into a Gordian knot that only gets harder to unravel the more that I try…

The only thing I do know for sure is that I am not an expert… neither on Gorillas nor parenting…

I have four children and two step-children and I give thanks at the end of each day that we all survived and made it through alive… and I have a hunch that maybe I’m not the only one who feels like that…

But the biggest thing that concerns me here is something that I’m not seeing being asked…

OK… it may well have been and I may very well have missed it…

But… this is what bothers me the most… This was a very busy and crowded public space and even if those parents were negligent… how many people did that 4-year-old child pass as he climbed into the pit of a wild animal?

Are you seriously telling me that nobody saw him and that nobody tried to stop him?

Because the one other thing that  I do know is, that if I saw a child heading into danger then I would do something!

Whatever happened to the notion that it takes a village to raise a child?

Why are we all so disconnected from each other?

People… what the fuck is wrong with you? You make me want to fucking weep…

Humanity… take these…

 

You need them…

Start looking after life…

ALL LIFE!

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