vintage cars 370.
(photo credit: courtesy)
We hear about yet another infant left to die in the back seat of a scorching
automobile and we raise our hands and scream ‘Why!?’ The epidemic – and that’s
what it is turning into, with three cases in the past two weeks – cannot be
narrowed down to an indictment of a particular socioeconomic group, but rather a
reflection on modern society as a whole.
Just as technology could be the
answer, in the guise of a proposal by MK Orly Levy-Abecassis to require the
installation of preventive devices in cars, it is also technology that has
enabled us to function at a dangerous pace that is just not compatible with a
With all the freedom that we’re afforded thanks to
time-saving apps and lightning-fast communication devices, we’ve instead become
enslaved to filling up that time to the extent that most of us are seriously
overbooked, in our calendars and in our minds.
The result is that far too
often, children – the most precious commodity that even technology can’t improve
on – are being marginalized in our lives.
We’re encouraged to have lots
of kids, but as anyone knows, maintaining a large family requires an
unreasonable amount of time, energy and money. That means for parents, more and
more time is devoted to their livelihoods in an effort to pay the mortgage, buy
the food, and clothe and educate the family.
Have children become just
another item on the to-do list for the day? Call the plumber, take money out of
the ATM, drop Udi off at nursery school, and go to the gym, all while texting,
tweeting and holding business conference calls.
Fathers were responsible
for the last three tragedies – fathers who undoubtedly loved their babies more
than anything else, but were so distracted by the clutter of life that they
allowed the clarity of life to momentarily slip away.
Nobody can get into
the head of a parent who forgets his baby in the backseat of a car.
rest assured, it could happen to any of us.
We shouldn’t, and can’t,
judge them for their deeds. They’ll be doing that themselves for the rest of
Instead, this spate of horror should serve as a wake-up call
to scale down the multi-tasking, thin out the schedule, and take stock of what
is really important.