I saw the trailer for this while watching another show, so of course I had to rush to program it to record.
I try to avoid these upsetting visuals, but I can't help myself.
I'm reading Disposable People right now, and I've just finished the section on child prostitute slaves in Thailand. It's horrifying and you want to do something, but in many cases, the parents sell their daughters into sex slavery because of their religious and cultural beliefs. He cites a survey that says 2/3 of parents who have sold their daughters did so not for food, but for a tv. They might think that it isn't so bad, but they get payouts of money, so they have a vested interest in keeping their children in the business.
I guess the truth is that people are just conditioned to do things that are out of the question to some of us. I'd like to think, actually I do think, that there is a transmutable Right out there, and this is just wrong and people who can't see it will pay in the end. But then, there are those believe that these women and children who suffer are paying for transgressions of a previous life, so I can't even believe in karmic retribution.
The golden rule has a universal appeal, appearing in so many religious beliefs that you would think that violence and torture would be less common than they are. But the golden rule seems to be countered by the idea that humans are controlled by a supreme being and must accept their lot in life. When people are desperate enough to do whatever it takes to help themselves, or have been raised in a world where treating others brutally is the desired thing, what can you do?
I'd like to believe I would feel the same no matter how I was raised, but I know it's not true. That is why I am trying to change things by how I raise my children and treat others. At the same time, there is a violent part of me that could come out under the right circumstances, and those circumstances are nearer for me than they are for others. It's interesting how some children who are raised in a brutal atmosphere will become abusive and homicidal, but others raised in the same circumstances become victims of other abusers, or suicidal. It does seem like men are more likely to become the former and women the latter. It is because of what they have seen growing up, is it hormonal, or both?
I had a talk with my husband several years ago after reading the details of the little boy killed by the 10 year old boys, and I said that if anyone ever did something like that to my baby, I wouldn't rest until I had hunted them down and killed them myself. I feel such rage at the thought. So yes, I guess I can't give up the cycle of violence because I would be one of the ones wanting to rip someone apart with my bare hands, even another child, if that person tortured my child. I don't know if I could actually do it, but when the adrenaline gets flowing, I couldn't say I would stop myself.
Oh well, I'm rambling and off on a tangent as usual.