Free Will – what’s love got to do with it?

“‘Suppose there was a king who loved a humble maiden. The king was like no other king. No one dared breathe a word against him, for he had the strength to crush all opponents. And yet this mighty king was melted by love for a humble maiden. How could he declare his love for her? In an odd sort of way, his kingliness tied his hands. If he brought her to the palace and crowned her head with jewels and clothed her body in royal robes, she would surely not resist—no one dared resist him. But would she love him?
She would say she loved him, of course, but would she truly? Or would she live with him in fear, nursing a private grief for the life she had left behind? Would she be happy at his side? How could he know? If he rode to her forest cottage in his royal carriage, with an armed escort waving bright banners, that too would overwhelm her. He did not want a cringing subject. He wanted a lover
, an equal. He wanted her to forget that he was a king and she a humble maiden and to let shared love cross the gulf between them. For it is only in love that the unequal can be made equal.’

~ Soren Kierkegaard

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Human Trafficking in Cyberspace

Human trafficking has long touched countries around the world, and even pervades our United States. Despite progress made towards eliminating such slavery over the past two hundred years, we now have access to a new world without boundaries. With our vastly increased population the numbers have drastically increased. As the ships of the past transported slaves abroad, the internet highway is exploiting woman and children. This type of abuse is largely facilitated through the very technology that many of us, in contrast, find helpful. The improper use of the internet needs to be regulated to change the course of this trend.

Oh, if I could change my world, contribute a ray of hope, I would hope to inform more people of this horrible plight. I do blog about this and share resources about this cause though it seems not nearly enough. We need a global solution to end this horrid source of human degradation. Freedom is one thing, but the abuse of this sort of “freedom” cannot be tolerated. The law was made to reveal our sinfulness. God has already showed us what is good. With better understanding of the problem and the implementation of a secure internet we might hope to live in a safer world.

“He has showed you, O man, what is good.
And what does the LORD require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8

ARTICLES:

Technology Is a Double-Edged Sword: Illegal Human Trafficking in the Information Age
Inside Story on … Explotation of Children on the Internetvv

Pimps and Predators on the Internet: Globalizing the … Exploitation of Women and Children
PULA Policy Focus: Trafficking, Pornography and Censorship On-line
The exploitation of children: past and present
Policing the Internet
Violence Against Women on the Internet
Policing the Internet – FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin
IN THE NEWS:
Police Rescue 167 Children Sold into Sweatshop

The Brick- Kiln Scandal
Fast-Growing China Says Little of Child Slavery’s Role


MY PREVIOUS POSTS ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING:


What Color is Slavery?


White Slavery – Sex Trafficking


Free 27,000,000 Slaves


The Discarded Children of China



Mom’s Worth

Caveat: All Mom’s are working Moms.

According to Salary.com my calculated worth as a working Mom is $101,110.

Earning Statement Our Family

For the year ending: May 2008

Job title Hourly Rate Hours worked
Housekeeper $7.99 0
Teacher $10.92 208
Cook $11.09 156
Computer Operator $12.76 416
Laundry Machine Operator $8.20 104
Janitor $8.41 52
Facilities Manager $28.67 52
Chief Executive Officer $56.25 520
Van Driver $13.18 624
Psychologist $30.22 832
Interior Designer $15.28 104
Administrative Assistant $13.81 312
Event Planner $20.84 52
Bookkeeper $13.64 0
General Maintenance Worker $11.76 0
Groundskeeper $10.09 0
Nutritionist $18.62 52
Staff Nurse – RN $22.89 52
Plumber $13.22 0
Logistics Analyst $18.33 0
Total Value
Regular Hourly Rate $23.71 2,080 $49,322
Over Time Rate $35.57 1,456 $51,788
$101,110

The folks at Salary.com are nice enough to write me a check.

In reality,  I do not see a penny of it. I do, however, have an excellent retirement plan – it is out of this world and reaps eternal rewards.

Do you want to see “how much” you are worth?   Go to the Mom’s Salary Wizard.