Babies In Peril

mother holding baby girl smiling( — I once heard a tale: If you saw a baby floating in a stream, you would certainly try to rescue it. If you then saw many babies floating in the stream, you would probably ask yourself, “Who is responsible for putting the babies there,” and you would likely seek to find the perpetrator.

In other words, you would seek to stop the problem at the source. This would be particularly urgent if you knew the stream would eventually become a large waterfall with rocks at the bottom, a potentially deadly outcome for any baby who was not rescued.

Would you change your mind about rescuing the babies if you noticed that they were smiling and giggling as they floated down the stream toward the the waterfall? I expect that you would still want to rescue the babies and stop the perpetrator.

As you approach the area where the babies are being thrown into the stream, many people begin to pressure you to turn back and tell you to mind your own business. They remind you that the babies are enjoying the ride in the stream. They also say that many livelihoods depend upon the babies being in the stream and that if the babies hit the rocks, there is appropriate care for them. In fact, there are thousands of personnel who are ready to treat the injured babies for years to come!

A few babies, however, are able to get out of the steam and then assist the other babies and then begin crawling directly toward the perpetrator. More and more babies are now rescuing themselves and attacking the perpetrator. Other babies try to pull them back into the stream, preventing them from getting to the source of the problem. They use strategies such as reminding the escaped babies how nice the stream water feels and how enjoyable it is to float with the other babies.