A blogger friend of mine posted a story about a dog in another country who found a baby in a plastic bag at a garbage dump and brought it to its human family, who saw and decided to adopt the infant. I was moved by the story.
A number of folks who made comments to the effect of how terrible humans are, how terrible the that couple was for abandoning their baby, how of course it was a little girl who was left because little girls still aren’t valued as highly as boys, etc.
Those comments saddened me more than did the sad part of the post.
I felt compelled to speak up. For those who may be interested in what I wrote, here it is:
“As the adopted father of a 2-month old baby girl from another country who has grown into a responsible adult, I ask that those who made sweeping statements about how awful humanity is, etc, to reconsider their comments. Some humans do terrible things. Some dogs do too. Most humans aren’t terrible and most dogs aren’t either. I cannot even judge the couple. I don’t know what led them to do such a thing. Perhaps seeing their other babies die of starvation? Perhaps either the father or the mother isn’t even aware of what happened to the child because the other acted on their own? Or perhaps they firmly believed after running out of all other options that what they did was that the best hope for the child. I believe that a critical piece of humankind and individuals to grow and progress is to seek first to understand. It is easy to rush to judgment. I’ve done it many times myself. But when I have, I have closed my mind to opportunities for growth and closed my heart to opportunities for compassion.”