As a woman, who has had a life-long struggle to have a voice or freedom of choice to live what is called a normal life and also as a spiritualist, I find the topic of Human Rights Day very interesting.
Since the 18th century we have gone through four industrial revolutions, the first revolution was steam powered factories, the second revolution was the use of science in mass production, third revolution was digitisation and computer and now we are passing through fourth revolution, the artificial intelligence and genome editing.
Science and technology are advancing at an astronomical speed breaking through many solid laws of Newtonian physics and others, yet many are still struggling to accept the fact that we, as human’s, are all equal and all have the same rights. According to Professor Michio Kaku, a physicist and the co-founder of String Theory, soon enough our decedents will not only have biological perfection but also digital immortality, fusion power will be utilised, brain net will replace internet, brain chips can send and receive not only information but also memory and emotions which will have a great impact on the future of our health care industry. Alzheimer’s patients can receive and download lost memories and depressed patients can download positive empowering emotions that can help them live a better life and perhaps saving many from committing suicide. Perhaps we will be able to make planet Mars our second home and traveling to the moon for your honeymoon will be a norm.
With all these great scientific and technological advancements one would imagine that we would have also moved beyond our social, cultural and religious prejudices and evolved into more unified loving and abundant societies. So whilst technology is moving forward; are we as human beings also moving forward? Are we evolving beyond our restrictive believes, cultural, social, religious, structures and limitations? Will there be any revolution for human consciousness? Or we would still be stuck in the past?
International Human Rights Day has been celebrated across the world for many decades on the 10th of December every year and in South Africa on the 21st of March. Many people have lost their lives to bring justice and equality around the world and also in South Africa.
In Wikipedia we find: “The Sharpeville massacre was an event which occurred on 21 March 1960, at the police station in the South African township of Sharpeville in Transvaal (today part of Gauteng). After a day of demonstrations against pass laws, a crowd of about 5,000 to 7,000 protesters went to the police station. The South African Police opened fire on the crowd, killing 69 people and injuring 180 others. Sources disagree as to the behaviour of the crowd; some state that the crowd was peaceful, while others state that the crowd had been hurling stones at the police, and that the shooting started when the crowd started advancing toward the fence around the police station. There were 249 casualties in total, including 29 children. Many sustained back injuries from being shot as they fled.”
Yes, South Africa now has the privilege of being free from radical racism and for we absolutely need to celebrate this day every year to remember and to honour the people who sacrificed their lives for us to enjoy the freedom we have in this country today. But does that mean our responsibility to look out for other fellow human beings around and outside our country is over? Can we just put our feet up and watch our favourite TV show and listen to our music or radio and ignore what’s going on around us in the world? I don’t think so. The truth is that many people around the world still fighting for this primary birth right.
Many countries around the world – to date – are still suffering from war, civil or otherwise such as Somali civil war, Syria civil war, Ethnic violence South Sudan, Yemen civil war, Palestine conflict, Iraq conflict, Afghanistan conflict.
In Somalia, young girls are still being circumcised, an inhumane act that has been practiced for centuries. In many other countries underage girls are still given away and married to men many decades older than them. Child labour, human trafficking and racism are still underlying issues in more countries than not. Gangsterism and violence are still common day practices in many countries including South Africa. Mass shootings are still taking place with the latest one being this past weekend in New Zealand!
My questions are:
Where are we all standing in this?
When are we going to learn and evolve beyond the stage of division?
What is our responsibility as a human being towards other fellow human beings?
Are there any cures to these social diseases?
Maybe I don’t have answers to all these questions, but I know certain things for sure. I know that we only have one home called earth, the one we all live on and eat from and all breathe the same air from its atmosphere – the very same earth that we are currently busy destroying. Maybe if instead of all the TV and radio stations dedicated to socially accepted junk, only some would dedicate time for better educating our people to promote unity and equality, maybe if we invested a bit of more time on activities like expressing social kindness then we would have more compassionate unified nation and world?
We don’t need a scientist to tell us that we all have the same primal needs to survive and that the first and most important need is love.
After all its great for our government to have a name on a day and call it a Human Rights Day, but it would be even greater to put effort, to support and to encourage our nation to practice the daily act of kindness towards self, others, animal or nature. To have non-academic TV or radio programs that promotes quality living and actions of goodness. I personally think it’s the responsibility of each and every one of us to do something worthwhile not only to remind ourselves of the very existence of the human rights but also to teach our children the very importance of treating the world around us with respect and humility, to celebrate human rights, animal rights, planet rights and to live in unity, equality, harmony and peace and hopefully total balance.