They are correct. It makes me a bit ill to realize that it may really just be a matter of time before I am forced to come to the same realization that they have come to, “Nobody cares… unless it is their own kid.” When I talk about my book I find that more often than not the person goes into a conversation about what they do to protect their own children from predators. This is admirable, but what about the children who are being tortured by their own parents? What about the kids who are not your own kid? I think of the quote by Andy Andrews from his book How Do You Kill 11 Million People? He tells about those who simply sang louder from their church hymnals to drown out the sound of Jews in railroad cars calling for help as they passed. I quote him as saying, “How loudly are you singing?”
Every survivor I have ever spoken to agrees whole heartedly. This is a spiritual war. There are no lines of division between country, race, or even religion, but there is a very clear cut division of sides. The sides are good or evil and you must choose your side. There is no neutral ground. To not choose your side, is to choose to sing loudly as the train passes. You will follow the tracks to see where they are taking those Jews, or you will be caught with a hymnal in your hand in some distant church on the day when the gates of heaven are opened, from the center of the concentration camps, and the gates will be closed to any who did not follow those tracks. Survivors are triggered more deeply and harmed more by those who deny that their experience is real than they are by other survivors who express their experience and cause flashbacks in other survivors. I have been told that my book will only be of interest to a small niche of people. I feel a bit sick and say, “For the sake of everyone else, I certainly hope not.” If nothing else comes across in my book, I certainly hope it is understood that this most certainly does impact everyone on this planet, regardless of whether it is your kid, yet, or not. I have decided I am not going to feel too obligated to campaign. There is a division that will happen naturally. I will simply present the opportunity to be informed. Wear a badge that identifies you as being on the side that stands with survivors, or don’t. It’s really quite black and white. There is no neutral ground in this war.