Life Is Not Fair—Get Used To It
Nothing else breaks my heart and makes me sad than looking at the children who lives under deprivation. I was talking to a friend of mine the other day, discussing the squalid conditions some children have to live under, and expressed my helplessness with coming to terms with this. My friend brought me down to reality with a statement, “life is not fair—get used to it,” the first of the 11 rules brought into fame by Bill Gates in his speech to Mt. Whitney High School kids in Visalia, California.. Of course, my friend was not heartless and selfish prude, he was merely pointing to the fact of life. He said, do as much as you can to redress the suffering of others, albeit, remember that you are only one person and you cannot change the world. He said, do your part and be clear with your consciousness.
Very wise comments indeed. But what is this consciousness that some of us struggle with so much, where others have it easy? The charitable organization, Save the Children had commissioned the Kenya born documentary photographer, James Mollison to come up with an idea to get people thinking about the rights of children around the world. Mollission created, Where Children Sleep—a kaleidoscope of stories depicting diverse lives of children around the world, told through pictures of their bedrooms.
In Mollission's own words, “When Fabrica asked me to come up with an idea for engaging with children's rights, I found myself thinking about my bedroom: how significant it was during my childhood, and how it reflected what I had and who I was. It occurred to me that a way to address some of the complex situations and social issues affecting children would be to look at the bedrooms of children in all kinds of different circumstances. From the start, I didn't want it just to be about 'needy children' in the developing world, but rather something more inclusive, about children from all types of situations.”Continued on the next page