Possession Obsession

In our weekly rag this week, an article about a woman who had dreamed from childhood of adopting a little Chinese girl, and whining about how, since the tightening of rules surrounding international adoptions, she’ll have to pay 30 grand instead of 20. And she’ll have to wait longer.

Why must we be such a possessive culture? Why must we own, legitimize with our own stamp of approval before we can engage, enrich, love? There are thousands of little bastard children here — either illegitimate by birth or, in some sense, illegitimized by their family’s place in our society — why can’t they be worthy of the 30 grand, of the time and energy and love of this woman and others like her?

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