Frank Turk, over at Pyromaniacs, has written a powerful post on the birth of the seven billionth person.
“First of all, congratulations on making it here at all. You have been born into a world where 1 child in 5 is aborted. What is fascinating about this is that, when you were mentioned by the Secretary General of the United Nations, and he brought us the fact that you are born into a world of “contradictions,” he didn’t mention that one child in five is aborted prior to birth — making it 86 times more likely than maternal death in childbirth, and 240 times more likely than death by malaria. This is a morose way to welcome you here, but that you were born at all is a miracle not just because you are a unique person in the image of God, but because you had to overcome the brutality of mankind against itself to get here. At the very least, you are a credit to your parents who did not tap you out because they were too poor, or they would rather have a child of a different sex.”
He goes on to say the following:
“Listen to me: if there is hope for the world (and there is), it doesn’t lie inside you. In spite of every human philosophy, what changes the world is not your best effort — because look: there haven’t just already been 7 billion best efforts before you, but more like 107 billion best efforts before you, and this is all we could come up with.”
No my little friend: the best hope for human kind is from outside of us.
Read the whole thing here.