The title of a recently released CNN article is “‘Thank you‘: Cleveland kidnapping victims speak out for the first time” (Web-site/URL: http://edition.cnn.com/2013/07/09/us/cleveland-rescued-women-video/index.html?sr=sharebar_twitter).
“For the first time since their rescue two months ago (May, 2013) , the world is hearing directly from the three women who were held captive in Cleveland for a decade.
“Amanda Berry, Gina Dejesus and Michelle Knight released a video on YouTube offering their thanks to all those who have supported them since they were freed from captivity”.
“Amanda Berry says in the video: “I want to thank everyone who has helped me and my family through this entire ORDEAL, everyone who has been there to support us. It has been a blessing to have such an outpouring of LOVE and KINDNESS“, two characteristics that seem to be in EXTREMELY SHORT supply these days. “Berry was abducted at age 16 in April, 2003 and has a 6-year-old daughter, who was BORN DURING HER CAPTIVITY” or more accurately, as a result of Berry being RAPED by Ariel Castro.
“Gina DeJesus was 14 when she was kidnapped in 2004. She says to the public, “thank you for the support“.
“Michelle Knight, who was abducted at age 21 in August, 2002, says, “thank you everyone for your LOVE, SUPPORT and DONATIONS which helped me build a brand new life“. What’s more important? “love (and) support” or DONATIONS? “I want everyone to know I’M DOING JUST FINE“. This is KNIGHT‘s INTERPRETATION, BUT THIS IS THE CORRECT ATTITUDE TO HAVE(Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).”I MAY HAVE BEEN TO HELL AND BACK, but I am strong enough to walk through hell with A SMILE ON MY FACE and with MY HEAD HELD HIGH and my feet firmly on the ground“. As former Private First Class CHRIS JONES said in honoring Staff Sgt CLINT ROMESHA, most of us can probably think of a few people that we would be willing to follow “to hell and back” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI), because there is a high level of COMFORT, SUPPORT and TRUST (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgnAY_eXYbI).
Finally, Berry finished off: “I’M GETTING STRONGER EVERY DAY and HAVING MY PRIVACY HAS HELP IMMENSELY“, obviously because it helps when we aren’t being HOUNDED and EVERY SINGLE MOVE THAT WE MAKE IS SCRUTINIZED. “I ask that everyone continue to respect our privacy and give us time to have a NORMAL life“, or as “normal” a “life” as possible, given the HORRIFYING circumstances that these women have had to deal with for so many years.
We can make FOUR conclusions here. First each of these young women were abducted at different times suggesting that these kidnappings were CUNNINGLY & METICULOUSLY PLANNED. Secondly, Berry, Dejesus and Knight have been through one hell of an ordeal. Thirdly, this sounds like AMANDA KNOX again (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-HCNstOHw4) so we have our latest CELEBRITY CONNECTIONS. On top of this, once again we can see how problematicTHE ABSENCE OF ROLE MODELS is. In the United States and other Western countries, the problem is the lack of MALE role models. In these cases the males are ALPHA males or ‘Super-Aggressive’ males. In countries such as CHINA, the problem is a lack of FEMALE role models. In these cases, the female is either lazy and unmotivated from start to finish or AGGRESSIVE in the beginning in order to DO NOTHING later on, as odd as that sounds. The latter case (i.e. women being DEMANDING in the beginning in order to be PASSIVE & LAZY/UNMOTIVATED later on) will surely lead to “If YOU don’t do anything for me, why should I do anything for YOU?”, which is another version of “If you don’t care what I think why should I care what you think?” This is a lack of EMPATHY, a fundamental characteristic of “Difficult People” (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h7cmuRLwME), which, again, is EXTREMELY PROBLEMATIC. Also, “you” makes it sound like “Blaming and criticizing”, which is EVEN MORE PROBLEMATIC (Web-site/URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u-AJviZ8Itk). For now, we’re just glad that this story has a happy ending, although it involved far too much SUSPENSE and HORROR.