The Tsunami Disaster in Southern Asia: Children Will Remain in Crisis Long After the Media Coverage Subsides-- ©Joi Kohlhagen, January 1, 2005

Written by Joi Kohlhagen

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The public needs to understand that afterrepparttar television cameras are turned off and newspapers and magazines shift their focus to other matters,repparttar 132241 many months and perhaps years of continual suffering fromrepparttar 132242 devastation ofrepparttar 132243 tsunami will continue. Children will long be in need of significant resources. They will also need—an important point that to date that has not been a subject of media focus—a sense of hope and direction thatrepparttar 132244 knowledge and observation of a rebuilding process can provide. The continuation of packages of aid—a display thatrepparttar 132245 world still cares about them—is also of critical importance. The diminishing headlines and newspaper articles also will not diminishrepparttar 132246 need forrepparttar 132247 myriad children orphaned fromrepparttar 132248 tsunami to find a safe and permanent home. Will most people be aware of this on some level? Of course. But that does not negaterepparttar 132249 need forrepparttar 132250 media to addressrepparttar 132251 reality ofrepparttar 132252 "out of sight-out of mind" phenomenon that people often experience after significant media coverage of a given situation disappears.

Regardless ofrepparttar 132253 amount or nature of media coverage, there are always a large number of people—even those who are usually empathetic and kind—that turn away fromrepparttar 132254 morose newspaper headlines, or graphic footage of incomprehensible human suffering. Life is hard to begin with. It is most difficult, if not seemingly impossible, for many people, including those who are fundamentally good natured, to embracerepparttar 132255 horrific suffering of people who seem so far away; people who seem to be almost part of a different world.

For other people, it is notrepparttar 132256 location of a horrific event that cause them to care little or not at all. It is a universal truth, yet a relatively rarely acknowledged fact, that there will always be some people that are never of concern for victims of any circumstance, either tragic or common place-unless they somehow perceive that it directly or indirectly affects them orrepparttar 132257 people in their lives that they care about. There is nothingrepparttar 132258 media can do to changerepparttar 132259 character or morality of such people (a type that many sociologists and social psychologists believe to be {thankfully} relativity small in number) that exist all acrossrepparttar 132260 world.

As this commentary was accessed by a link onrepparttar 132261 Poetry Perspective Section of Perspectives On Youth,, and because sometimes poetry captures a situation or a point better than other forms of communication ever could, it seems fitting to conclude with a famous passage byrepparttar 132262 great poet John Donne. Nearly 400 years after placing pen to paper, his words continue to evoke a universal message, both obvious and underlying, providing perspective torepparttar 132263 many generations since that have continually found themselves caught between decisions of isolation versus intervention with those-regardless ofrepparttar 132264 level of their suffering—thought of as completely unconnected to themselves.

No Man Is An Island (also known as For Whom The Bell Tolls), a Passage From MEDITATION 17, BY JOHN DONNE (Written in 1623)

No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece ofrepparttar 132265 continent, a part ofrepparttar 132266 main. If a clod be washed away byrepparttar 132267 sea, Europe isrepparttar 132268 less, as well as if a promentory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were. Any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore never send to know for whomrepparttar 132269 bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

For Purposes of Context and Clarification aboutrepparttar 132270 passage, Please Note: It wasrepparttar 132271 custom duringrepparttar 132272 times and culture in which John Donne lived forrepparttar 132273 Tenor Bell (A very loud and far reaching bell) to be tolled for a death. A man was memorialized byrepparttar 132274 ringing ofrepparttar 132275 "Taylors" - nine strokes ofrepparttar 132276 bell, then a pause, before concludingrepparttar 132277 commemoration by a number of strokes equal torepparttar 132278 man's age atrepparttar 132279 time of his death. A woman was similarly paid tribute except that her death was marked by seven (two fewer than that for a man) strokes, thenrepparttar 132280 pause, followed byrepparttar 132281 number of strokes equal to her age atrepparttar 132282 time of her death. Upon hearingrepparttar 132283 bell, a messenger was sent to discoverrepparttar 132284 name ofrepparttar 132285 person that died.-----Hence, "Therefore never send to know for whomrepparttar 132286 bell tolls; it tolls for thee."

Donne's point (as stated earlier: this passage has remained amongrepparttar 132287 most universally well-known and highly regarded compilation of words for nearly 400 years) was thatrepparttar 132288 specific identity ofrepparttar 132289 person who died was largely irrelevant. Donne viewed himself and (by implication and interpretation ofrepparttar 132290 passage) all people as part of "mankind." Therefore,repparttar 132291 death of anyone lessens mankind and affects everyone. Donne reinforces his view inrepparttar 132292 first part ofrepparttar 132293 passage: As "no man is an island" everyone has an inherent obligation for empathy, benevolence, and compassion, wherever and whenever necessary and possible. To that same end, as part of mankind, Donne implies that everyone also has an inherent obligation to never causerepparttar 132294 suffering or, worse,repparttar 132295 "toll" of another person. To do so "diminishes"repparttar 132296 person who, by such actions, causes an affront to mankind—and consequently to all people that are part of that mankind. ©Joi Kohlhagen, January 1, 2005--All Rights Reserved

Joi Kohlhagen is the Founder and Editor of Perspectives On Youth,, a multidisciplinary Internet forum for those that work with youth and strive toward a common goal: promoting the well-being of youth. She has a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from New York University and is a member of several media related organizations.

Why A Father is Not A Dad

Written by Brian Maloney

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When your child was created, that little person should have beenrepparttar most important part of your existence and to vow never to break that mindset should have been paramount. The seriousness of having a child fromrepparttar 132238 conception and subsequently recognizing his or her importance could berepparttar 132239 factor with dead beat dads in most cases.

How do you rank your values?

Simply put, if you’re ranked above your child, you’re not being a dad, you’rerepparttar 132240 father of that child who simply donated your sperm for his or her life.

Instead of just being a donor to another’s life, commit to takingrepparttar 132241 time to know your child and let them get to know you no matter whatrepparttar 132242 conditions.

With this in mind, you will be doingrepparttar 132243 most important job of your life and that is helpingrepparttar 132244 life you created become a loving, well adjusted person who can pass these parenting traits down torepparttar 132245 next generation.

After all, isn’t that what being a dad is all about?

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