Do you love your children? For most of us the answer is Yes.
Do you sometimes make them do things that are unpleasant – or even painful – for their own good?
Again the answer is Yes and we do this because we love them, don’t we?
All the doctor and dentist appointments. The homework and discipline and training in the face of reluctance and protest. But parents suck it up because they know it is for the future well-being of their child.
My niece had very serious scoliosis and had two extremely painful surgeries when she was just 13. I am happy to say that they were fantastically successful surgeries but there were no guarantees beforehand and they did involve a lot of pain and suffering for her whole family – and especially for her.
What would you do to prevent your child being ostracized, cut off or rejected? If she might be condemned to never being respectable. Never finding a husband. Never having a family of her own. You’d do a lot – most of us would – even if it was a risky and painful road, we’d be frightened not to take it.
It takes immense courage to stay with what you know to be true in the face of social pressure and tradition. What if you are wrong? It’s a scary place to be.
We can’t always trust our gut. Our gut will tell us to fit in and do whatever the herd does because there’s ‘safety’ that way. The people in this video are showing magnificent courage. Their capacity to hold fast and stay with the truth even while they recognise the pressure around them is inspiring.
I am in awe.