If we listen close enough, we can hear the dead talk to us. We don't hear it in our usual languages or sounds but in what their absence reveals.
A recent earthquake has left tens of thousands of Haitians dead. They died because the buildings and houses they lived in were not strong enough to withstand the quake. Their deaths remind us of the sad state of human rights when so many are so vulnerable.
But the living may soon envy them because most will lack the basic necessities of clean water, food and shelter soon after the relief efforts cease.
Around the world, most people live under similar circumstances. According to the World Bank, one in four people in developing countries live on less than US $1.25 per day. Almost thirty wars rage on, with the vast majority of casualties civilians. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, there are parts of Africa in which a stunning forty percent of the people do not have clean running water.
When we look outside our own backyard, it is clear that the world has become a place where the living are starting to envy the dead.
Some say that events like the Haitian earthquake are within God's will. But what kind of God would turn a blind eye to poverty and then cause further harm to helpless people?
If there is a master plan that involves making earth a hell for many of those who live in it, it is time to change the plan. We need a plan for human rights in which the nations who have wealth (much of it taken from nations who have little) will guarantee basic living conditions for every person in the world.
How would this happen?