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Happy Birthday 7 Billionth Child

Updated on October 30, 2011

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Whats to Celebrate?
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It is estimated that some time this week, a child will be born that makes the human population on the planet 7 Billion.

In welcoming this child into the world we should perhaps ponder on the achievements of mankind up to this point.

In the couple of million years that we have inhabited this planet, although we consider ourselves civilized, we still cannot tell the child that they have a guaranteed education, healthcare, home or job as a birthright.

We have not yet even been able to eradicate preventable diseases.

We have though been able to destroy much of the natural planet including millions of species.

We have been able to pollute the soils, rivers and seas.

We have also been able to ensure that any other species on the planet, on seeing a human, runs in the other direction as fast as possible.

We have also been able to kill millions of our own species for no more reason than they either looked a different color, had a different religion or even just because they spoke differently.

The United Nations
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What to expect
What to expect | Source


Today we cannot guarantee the child that they won’t be sold into slavery or wantonly abused.

We cannot assure the child that they will not starve to death or die because they had to drink unclean water.

Neither can we tell the child that they will not be persecuted because of the way they look, act or think.

We can tell it that in 3 million years we have not been able to forget our petty differences long enough to agree an international law of basic human rights for a person and so it will not just depend on where they are born but also to whom they are born.

I know, we can all say that all this is not our faults but I was under the impression that a baby was born innocent and so it must learn from somebody.

As adults isn’t it our duty to teach them to be better than our forefathers or even us.

If the child only knew this now, it would probably try to stay in the womb which does not say much for humanity.


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      Eiddwen 6 years ago from Wales

      I have to agree with all your points on here.

      You have written a very powerful and direct article,so very sad but even more sad because it is all so true!

      It leaves so much food for thought doesn't it.

      I have to vote this one up and away.

      Take care and have a great day.


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      SusieQ42 6 years ago

      It is so sad that anyone should go without food or an education in our world today. Voted up and interesting.

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      Grace Marguerite Williams 6 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

      Very intelligent hub. I could not have agreed with you more.

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      diogenes 6 years ago from UK and Mexico

      Great points made. The child is innocent, but also guilty by way of his genes unfortunately. Man's inhumanity to man lurks ready to be inacted. The trouble is evolution created the cerebral cortex but did not anticipate its ability to hurt and destroy. I think humanity may begin to despise itself so much it will opt for collective suicide...Bob

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      Charlene Mariano 6 years ago

      This hub is insightful. Btw one of the 7 billionth world occupants belong to the Republic of the Philippines, the 12th most populous nation in the world (my country). Her name is Danica Camacho.