Originally Posted by Doopa
I don't think any kid in that situation is "happy".
anyway, I guess to simplify.. If someone knows some children that are getting beat up, should they bother calling social services. Is that really going to help anything? Should the kids be taken out of the house? Does that really help
Or even say, someone knows some children who are not being 'taken care' of in any shape or form. Same question.
Is there really anything to do, or is it basically "oh well, that's a shame. Hopefully they won't accidentally die"
The state of happiness has no prerequisite other than your own willing mind. In a saner world, you would not have to ask that question. If your neighbor was beating his kids, you'd have to race the rest of the neighborhood to his house to confront him on it.
Unfortunately, we live in a world increasingly ruled by gigantic, centralized governments that fervently usurp your various responsibilities to do the various uncomfortable things Life requires. This produces an entirely unrealistic expectation that somehow the government should swoop in from DC to knock on your neighbor's door for you.
If you see something wrong, and you are in possession of a solution, you should never hesitate to provide it. That's called doing your part to make the world a better place.
Anyone that abuses or neglects children in their care voluntarily forgoes their right to privacy, IMO.
If yours was more a question of a general nature, then you should be able to catch my drift. If your asking for advice on a specific situation, then I say intervene. It's both your duty and your right.