February 11, 2013
After reading this post you may think I have callous indifference to the suffering of others. I admit that when I see pictures of the starving children in Ethiopia, pictures the Holocaust children in the Warsaw ghetto dying on the streets, the small children in other third world countries being ill-treated and living rough on the streets, it doesn’t upset me any more.
I have been upset and angry in the past with the people who cause all this suffering, usually the the name of the Great Gods of Power, Wealth, and Religion and care nothing about the consequences of their actions.
Over the years I have hardened myself to the fact that I can do nothing about these events. Now I can look at those pictures without getting upset and frustrated, and complete indifference to what they represent.
At least I thought so, until I came across the picture below taken by a world famous photographer from a top magazine. This picture disturbed and upset me. Maybe because I could read into it the utter despair of this poor little kitten plodding down the road to nowhere. Dirty, disheveled, with matted fur and eyes just staring blankly at the ground. Is that dried blood on it’s neck? The passersby’s feet shows that nobody cares or even notices the cat.
I just hope the photographer did something to help this poor creature after he got his award winning shot. To me this picture sums up what a cruel world we live in.
I read the following poem in the Letters Page of a recent magazine which I thought sums up just what the kitten must have been feeling.
Toffeeapple on February 11th, 2013 at 2:30 pm #
Surely no-one could walk away from that sight?
Anji on February 16th, 2013 at 10:13 am #
I love animals, but I think that children in need should come first. One morning about 30 years ago a woman was doing the school run with several children in her car. She swerved to avoid a pidgeon in the road and killed all of the children as the car went out of control on a busy road…
Betsy on February 17th, 2013 at 12:18 am #
Aw…that made me cry! What a pitiful looking kitten. I wish he would find his way to my zoo. I’d take him in. He reminds me of Jack, minus the blood.
helen on February 20th, 2013 at 10:59 am #
Poor little thing he would have been in my handbag and on his way home with me if I had seen him