Monday, January 12, 2009

"Long-Lost Brothers Reunited"

Yahoo! repackaged this video from ABC News today about “Long-Lost Brothers Reunited” after eighty years of separation. The Chicago Tribune Magazine reported the story back in November in an article by Don Terry titled, “Lifetime, No See,” about “Lew and Jack, two grandfathers in their early 80s who, after a lifetime as strangers, discovered they are brothers.” Since then, the story has been picked up by publications, Web sites, and forums all over the Internet that invariably describe the story as “amazing” and/or “heartwarming.”

Why is this?

Mainly, I think, because most people don’t understand adoption at all. They don’t understand that actual families are permanently fractured and destroyed in order to create the fake “adoptive families” that are so much in the news today. They don’t understand that children’s identities, heritage, and medical histories are erased by adoption and that the adoption laws on the books in most of these United States will keep them from finding their “long-lost” family members once they reach adulthood.

Why is this?

Mainly, I think, because the concept of adoption is predicated on so many lies, so many elaborate fictions, that have been repeated so many times that the majority of North Americans now believe them.

Why is this?

Because to tell the truth would be bad for business.