Come on everyone, let’s walk the talk, start embodying Human Rights @BlogActionDay12 We’re all one
Posted by Angela Goodeve on October 16th, 2013
Here are some questions for you:
Do you believe in the declaration of human rights?
Are you living the principles in all areas if you life (Thought, Belief, Action)?
…ask yourself this…
In my humble opinion….
It is also time for governments, corporations, and society as a whole to start fully honouring these basic human rights…this is the only way we can all harness the ‘Power of We‘ (last years #BlogActionDay topic/post) and make a significant shift in global consciousness and well-being…to LITERALLY save the world!
…and I am NOT being dramatic here…read on and tell me if you don’t feel the same way…
There has been much praise for the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), including some very notable and influential people (Source: Wikipedia).
- On October 5, 1995 Pope John Paul II called the UDHR “one of the highest expressions of the human conscience of our time”;
- On December 10, 1948 Eleanor Roosevelt stated it “may well become the International Magna Carta of all men everywhere”; and
- Charles Malik, Lebanese Philosopher and diplomat called it “An International document of the first order of importance”.
This praise is compelling, especially considering who it is coming from, however it is my assertion today that although I am in full agreement with these great minds, I DO NOT believe that the principles in this all important declaration are fully adopted and acted upon either by individuals, governments and corporations anywhere near the level they need to be.
Take for example, my Fellow Blog Action Day Blogger’s poignant post where she is talking about her experience and reflection about a beautiful, but sad soul she photographed while visiting a slum in Delhi and thinking of her three precious Daughters:
She says beautifully: “My dream for them is simple: I long to see them shine with strength, confidence and joy. I desire them to grow surrounded by people who value them; to give them as many opportunities as I can so they can be all they can be; to foster strength, and compassion and true beauty.”
Who wouldn’t look at the beautiful, yet sad face of a young girl and not shed a tear (if only figuratively speaking) for her heartache?
Who can’t look at the smiling face of a child, and feel their heart full of love?
Who wouldn’t want their Children to be self-confident, happy and fulfilled?
What if you could BE THE CHANGE that turned a smile upside down?!?
Call me crazy, but I want this for every single living soul on this earth, and I have dedicated myself to a life of service to empower and inspire as many people as I can.
Perhaps this is why I am so passionate about pointing out the contrast in what can only be described as tragic hypocrisies in the way that many of us treat (or disregard) our fellow citizens, and the principles that are supposed to be universally adopted in the Declaration of Human Rights.
This is reflected at an individual level, at a government level, and at a societal level in our blindly adopted memes and beliefs about each other, different communities around the world, and varied (and especially marginalized) groups in society. It is also, in my humble opinion, characterized in public policy.
I have many examples to share, but for the purposes of this post I will share this:
Now, I can only speak for Ontario, but I know based on years of work and personal experience that, although the UDHR in it’s preamble stands for:
”…the advent of a world in which human beings shall enjoy… freedom from fear and want…the highest aspiration of the common people…to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom…”
The amount that people are given to survive when they find themselves in the difficult situation of applying for social assistance is not even enough to pay for an adequate roof over their head, food, limited transportation to look for work and receive the medical and therapeutic care they require, along with basic hygiene, let alone have access to:
“Economic, social and cultural rights indispensable for his [or her] dignity and the free development of his/her personality”, as per Article 22
…is it just me again, or would it have been difficult to say him/her rather than just using the male adjectives…hmm…
“The right freely to participate in the cultural life of the community, to enjoy the arts and to share in scientific advancement and its benefits”, as per Article 27(1).
Where is the “recognition of the inherent dignity and the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family…the foundation of freedom, justice and peace…”, as per the preamble of the UDHR in THIS scenario??
Is it just me, or is this not also in direct contravention to Article 25(1) where it states:
“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”
?????…please, if there is something I am missing here, please tell me!!!
…and don’t even get me started about the illusion of some (or many) have that: The will of the people shall be the basis of the authority of government, as per Article 21(3)!
Okay, okay, it is framed in the fact that we all have the right to vote…and we do a good job of ensuring that everyone at least does this…BUT…(and no, this is NOT BS!!) just because we have the right to vote on what we THINK the party or individual represents is a FAR cry from the actual will of the majority being represented in public policies!!
If every one of us experienced having to live on $600 per month for any extended period of time I assure you, it would be NO ONE’s will that this public policy be so!!!
Listen, all I am saying is that we have a ways to go. I am not saying that everyone, and every government does not have others best interest at heart…in fact I believe this is a natural human instinct (to help others). I just think that we have to be Moronic (and/or extremely ego-centred) to think that it is ok, and any where NEAR an observance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to allow these things to continue.
So, how do we change it?
Like I said at the beginning of the post, I believe it starts with us as individuals, just like any significant change that happens in society and the world.
When, and ONLY when we start fully embodying these principles can we say we are LIVING the belief.
”All human beings [will be] born free and equal in dignity and rights….endowed with reason and conscience and [actually behaving and considering] one another in a spirit of brotherhood.” ~Adaptation from Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Again, the preamble sums it up nicely:
…Recognition of the inherent dignity and of the equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom, justice and peace in the world...human beings shall enjoy…freedom from fear and want…determined to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom…[a] common standard of achievement for all peoples and all nations...to promote respect for these rights and freedoms…“
Is it really going to take all of us experiencing poverty, lack of self-worth, hopelessness, and shame…to experience true hunger, humiliation and degradation for us to FINALLY realize how indifferent (inhumane even) we are towards other people?
Are you REALLY o.k. with YOUR precious daughter calling you and saying: “Mommy, I’m hungry, I don’t have enough money for food?”
I personally want to live in a world where EVERYONE would answer a resounding NO, and say YES to sharing their wealth, personal power and heart with every beautiful soul!
Poverty is the worst form of violence, Ghandi
In fact, this is my challenge to you today:
Read and reflect on the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as the universal values of: Truth, Gentleness; Patience; Purity; Humility; and Love…
…then, ask yourself:
Am I truly embodying the compassionate and giving nature that I was born with?
Have I stopped to put myself in that person’s shoes?
Can I part with some of my millions (or even tomorrow’s latte) to do MY part to contribute to the betterment of the human condition?
Can I let go of the fear of voicing my concerns for that girl with the beautiful face and the sad smile? (it could be your child)
…it doesn’t have to be the way that it is…there doesn’t need to be so much hardship and suffering…
When they say that pain is necessary in life, but struggle is a choice, it is ALSO our choice to NOT contribute to the struggle of others…
…food for thought…
Peace, Love, and Compassion for Others (they are not as different from you as you think).
…It all starts with a choice (watch the video below…we CAN change the world!)