I am the first to admit that when it comes to current world affairs, I am particularly dense.
I don't watch the news as I find it too depressing, and I hardly ever read a newspaper except to do the crosswords and look at expensive real estate.
I have no particular political views, and wouldn't know one politician from another.
I tend to keep my head in the sand, happy in my uninformed state.
I guess in some ways this is irresponsible - to be informed means to make wise decisions - but I received an email last night which reminded me why I prefer to be so giddily uninformed.
This particular email, shocked and horrified me. It reinforced for me that this world is going to pot, and ignorance can in fact, be bliss.
My sister (the infamous Naughty Nanna) pointed out to me this morning, that (a) I must be feeling quite cranky as this is my second rant in two days, and (b) the pen is mightier than the sword, so I should write about this. (Thankyou NN - you are so wise. Take $50 out of the till and go home!)
So anyway, apparently in Gaza, Muslim leaders prepared a wedding ceremony for 450 couples. The men were aged between 20-25 and the girls were all under 10!!!!
(Take a moment to think about this. My daughter is 8 and all of her friends are around the same age - and the more I thought about this, the more I literally wanted to be sick.)
As I looked at these sweet, innocent little girls, all done up in white dresses and wearing makeup (to make them look older????!!!) my heart nearly caved in on itself.
Where were these little girls' mothers??
They certainly were not holding on for dear life to their precious daughters screaming "not my child" or looking to beat the crap out of the first person responsible for such an atrocity!
Was it possible that these mothers were in fact, agreeing to it all in the name of their religion?
How on earth did a religion get it so wrong that it was not only allowing this ridiculous and heartbreaking situation to happen, but encouraging it. And how on earth does this religion have such a grip on it's followers as to stop them thinking for themselves??!!
I know a lot of religions are responsible for a lot of atrocities throughout the ages and I guess as humans we will constantly stuff up this beautiful world.
But when, oh when are we going to stop being completely stupid?