- Publication: Times Of India Bangalore; Date: Feb 15, 2007; Section: International; Page Number: 12 LOST INNOCENCE UK, US no place for kids to grow up : UNMessage 1 of 5 , May 22, 2007View SourcePublication: Times Of India Bangalore; Date: Feb 15, 2007; Section:
International; Page Number: 12
UK, US no place for kids to grow up : UN report
London: Britain is the worst country in the industrialised world in
which to be a child, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) said
The charity looked at 40 indicators to gauge the lives of
children in 21 economically advanced nations the first study of its
kind and found Britain's children were among the poorest and most
Children's charities and opposition politicians described the
findings as `shameful' and accused Prime Minister Tony Blair's
government of failing a generation of children.
Britain lagged behind on key measures of poverty and deprivation,
happiness, relationships, and risky or bad behaviour, the study
showed. It scored a little better for education, but languished in
the bottom third for all other measures, giving it the lowest overall
placing, along with the United States.
Children's happiness was rated highest in northern Europe, with
the Netherlands, Sweden and Denmark leading the list. "All countries
have weaknesses that need to be addressed and no country features in
the top third of the rankings for all six dimensions," said David
Bull, UNICEF UK's executive director.
The study found there was no consistent relationship between a
country's wealth, as measured in dross domestic product per capita,
and a child's quality of life.
The Czech Republic, for example, achieved a higher overall
ranking than economically wealthier France. Colette Marshall, UK
director of charity Save the Children, said the report was
a `shameful' verdict on Britain.
"Despite the UK's wealth, we are failing to give children the
best possible start in life," she said in a statement.
She said `drastic action', including an injection of 4.5 billion
pounds, was needed to meet a government target of halving the number
of children in poverty by 2010.
A government spokeswoman said the data in the report mainly
taken from 2000 to 2003 was not up to date and that reforms
introduced through the `Every Child Matters' initiative had improved
There were 700,000 fewer children living in relative poverty than
in 1998/99, and the overall number living in absolute poverty had
been halved, she said.
But the Child Poverty Action Group said the report was `an
important reminder that we need to go further, faster' and the chief
executive of the Children's Society, Bob Reitemeier, described it
as `very worrying' for Britain. AGENCIES
RANKING 1. The Netherlands 2. Sweden 3. Denmark 4. Finland 5. Spain
6. Switzerland 7 . Norway 8. Italy 9. Ireland 10. Belgium 11. Germany
12. Canada 13. Greece 14. Poland 15. Czech Republic 16. France 17 .
Portugal 18. Austria 19. Hungary 20. US 21. Britain
- According to Joseph Chilton Pearce in his book Evolution s End human beings are now in grave biological jeopardy due to five common practices that have givenMessage 2 of 5 , May 23, 2007View SourceAccording to Joseph Chilton Pearce in his book
'Evolution's End' human beings are now in grave
biological jeopardy due to five common practices
that have given rise to rampant violence, child
suicide,and deteriorating family and social
[Hospital childbirth] - interferes with the
natural bonding process between infant and mother,
which in turn impedes the potential for all future
bonds: with parents, friends, spouse, and society.
[Daycare] - takes the child even further from its
mother, increasing the inability to bond and
implanting a lifelong sense of alienation and
[Television] - damages the brain, not because of
its content, but because its mechanical effect
cripples a child's ability to learn.
[Premature attempts at formal education] - prevent
development of the imagination - children without
such development tend towards violence and are
[Synthetic growth hormones] - used in meat, dairy,
and poultry products accumulate in children and
accelerate physical and sexual development, while
psychological and intellectual maturation is
"A human nurtured instead of shamed, and loved
instead of driven by fear, develops a different
brain and therefore a different mind. He will not
act against the well-being of another nor against
his larger body, the living Earth.......As our
damaged children grow up and become the parents
and teachers, damage will be the norm, the way of
life. We will habituate to damage. Nothing else
will be known. How can you miss something you
can't even recognize, something you never had?"
[Joseph Chilton Pearce]
- .....that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient toMessage 3 of 5 , May 23, 2007View Source.....that in the last days perilous times shall
come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves,
covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient
to parents, unthankful, unholy, Without natural
affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent,
fierce, despisers of those that are good, Traitors,
heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than
lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but
denying the power thereof: from such turn away."
- The findings on children in every culture who have been deprived of love, whether it be in a home, an institution, or whatever situation, are identical. SuchMessage 4 of 5 , May 24, 2007View Source"The findings on children in every culture who have
been deprived of love, whether it be in a home, an
institution, or whatever situation, are identical.
Such children, by virtue of the fact that they have
not been loved, don't learn how to love others. Their
expected satisfactions have been thwarted. They have
been frustrated and if the frustrations are sufficient
in quantity during particular critical developmental
periods, the response is invariably the same. The
response is then with a mechanism which is calculated
to elicit and evoke the love and attention which has
been withheld. This response we call aggression or
aggressive behavior." [Ashley Montagu]
- Where does my story, or yours, begin? When I trace the roots of my being, at what point do I distinguish between my self and the soil in which I wasMessage 5 of 5 , May 24, 2007View Source"Where does my story, or yours, begin? When I trace the
roots of my being, at what point do I distinguish between
'my' self and the soil in which I was planted? When can I
first say 'I am'?.....I could begin with the birth of self-
consciousness. One day, when I was nine years old, I was
walking down Court Street in Maryville, Tennessee. Near
the bottom of the hill, fifteen feet from an apple tree,
on a part of the sidewalk that was smooth enough for skating,
I knew suddenly and with blinding clarity that I was
different than my parents, my brothers and sisters, and
my playmates. Self-consciousness descended on me like a hawk.
In a sense, I might date the origin of my self from this
moment.....But my consciousess was swaddled in a cradle made
by nature and culture long before I knew myself to be a
person apart from others. I was neither father, mother, nor
architect of my own being. No self-made man. I grew like a
seed in humus that was composted of the residue of
generations. A nexus of communication of the living and
the dead wove the tissue of my mind and body. My
individuality was born from a web of life too intricate
to unravel. Thinking back on the context that created me,
I can only conclude that I must start my story with this
affirmation: I was loved; therefore I am. As Martin Buber
put it, "In the beginning was relationship"."
(Sam Keen - 'The Passionate Life: Stages of Loving')