I'm so glad you understand Jeff, and that this conversation hasn't caused you undue pain (or at least hasn't caused unnecessary pain - your metaphor of removing burned skin is very apt). I would never want to say something that triggered or "reversed" any of the people here who are working so hard at recovery, and was mortified by the thought.
And to build off Puffer's point - the "omega victims" were doomed regardless, some "alpha victim" or another would have had to do it. But by your soulful remorse, your wondering about them, your feelings of pity for their pain and the hellish wrongness of it all.... Jeff, you might very well be the only person to have ever shown them or even thought of them with a shred of kindness. They exist only in the shadow world of child trafficking by well-outfitted professional torturers, and it may well be the case that their identities and statuses will never be discovered. But the one and only thing that is definitely known to anchor them to basic humanity, the only individual to feel any compassion or concern for them at all, the sole act of validation of their inner worth as human beings - comes from YOU, Jeff. They had everything taken from them, by people who cared nothing for them and probably laughed and drooled at every instant.
Only within you, in all of this world, is their humanity respected, and wished to have been protected. Only you and no one else can envision them and say "This was WRONG and THEY DESERVED BETTER!" You are the guardian of their sole link to human normalcy and justice, even if it's just an emotional wish for justice.
That's got to count for something, right?
Edited by SoccerStar (12/24/12 09:06 PM)
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