“I once heard this lady say, “I love kids.” That’s nice. It’s a little weird though. It’s like saying “I like people… for a little while.” — Demetri Martin
A story is circulating about Professor Sydney Engelberg of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. When an infant started crying in class, the professor simply picked him up (with the mother’s permission, I assume) and continued to lecture. The fact that the story has generated so much attention is a bit puzzling to me. Perhaps it’s because we’ve artificially separated our worlds into adult and child compartments, and we think that kids aren’t supposed to be in certain places. Of course, the move could backfire, and the baby could react even worse once he was in the arms of someone he didn’t know.
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“Safety and security don’t just happen, they are the result of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our children, the most vulnerable citizens in our society, a life free of violence and fear.” (Nelson Mandela)
“… and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruninghooks: nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more.” (Isaiah 2:4)
Or convert bombs into spoons…
Boy in Sarajevo. LA Times.
Congolese children play on a destroyed military tank in Kibumba, DRC. Prime Collective.
Children play on an anti-aircraft gun near Beirut, Lebanon. Steve M. Curry
James Nachtwey ‘Boy On Tank, Nicaragua’ 1984.
Children play on a destroyed tank in the Libyan city of Benghazi. Spiegel.
Children playing on an abandoned tank from WW2 in Saipan. Michael John Grist.
Children playing on an abandoned tank in Mundri, South Sudan. Huffington Post.
Children play on a damaged Soviet tank on the outskirts of Jalalabad east of Kabul, Afghanistan, Nov 13, 2012. ABC News.
Dien Bien Phu, northwestern Vietnam.
Tanks become toys in Kandahar, Afghanistan. Steve M. Curry.
Children play on the bomb sites and wrecked tanks in Berlin, in the aftermath of the fighting in the city in 1945. Fred Ramage / Getty Images.