|In reply to Alice.
I think it really is time for us as a nation to have a rational conversation about the right to bring forth progeny.
To my mind parenting is one of the greatest, if not the most supreme, responsibility in life. To have absolute, total, unfettered control over another human being for up to two decades is a staggering responsibility.
For far lesser responsibilities, like say driving, we require government mandated demonstration of competence. Why do we treat parenting as if the threshold for competence is an absolute zero. Surely we’re better than that. Surely we need at least a bare minimum standard of empathy and life skills to entrust a totally vulnerable fellow citizen into another persons care?
I’m not strongly moved by the knee-jerk spasm to remove yet another pillar of freedom in the right to silence because we all want a fractionally better ambulance at the bottom of the cliff. Vengance – which is what removing the right to silence is all about – is a terribly primitive way of looking at an increasingly appalling issue in the margins of what is a beautiful culture.
If we really want to put children first and have their wellbeing at the centre of our thinking then I say fuck all the stupid thinking about whanau and family – let’s take a competence based approach. Does anyone in their right mind think that the (nearly) murdering animals who put that poor wee lad into a coma should be able to have children in their care ever again? Should those sub-humans have ever been trusted with childcare?
We have WOF’s for cars and soon for rental property imposed on us from the government – they tell us it is in pursuit of maintaining a minimum standard. Don’t children deserve to grow up in an environment of at least a minimum standard of care?
Shouldn’t we remove children from parents who can’t pass a basic psychometic test determining they are able to demonstrate empathy for a small human being. Shouldn’t we require a basic level of domestic competence to ensure that children aren’t sent to school hungry because mum and dad prefer to spend their dole on meth?
How can any rational and empathetic human being oppose such an initiative – if nothing else it’s existence would mean that one poor little four year old would’ve had a chance to have a life!
Let’s show that we can be more evolved. Let’s not howl at the moon and pick up our pitchforks in a largely meaningless gesture to get some vengance – how about we do what a better society would do and take a preventative approach?
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