As a woman who has come from a long life struggle to have a voice or freedom of choice only to live what it’s called a normal life and also as a spiritualist I find the topic of human right 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 on an astronomical speed breaking through many solid laws of Newtonian physics and others yet we are still struggling to accept the fact that we human are all equal and that we 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 the honey moon 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 a more unified loving and abundant societies. Technology is only moving forward but my question is; are we as human beings also moving forward? Are we evolving beyond our restrictive believes, cultural, social, religious, structures and limitations? Will be any revolution for human consciousness? or we would still be stuck in the past.
We all know that human right day is celebrated across the planet at least for some decades on the 10th of December 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 has now the privilege of being free from radical racism and for sure we need to celebrate human right day 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 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.
Beyond what has been mentioned above in Somalia still girls get circumcised, an un-humane act that has been carried practicing for centuries. in many countries underage girls are still given away and married to men many decades older than them. Children of work, human trafficking and Racism still an underlying issue in many countries. Gangsterism and violent still been practiced in many countries including South Africa. Mass shootings still taking place and the latest one in New Zealand is an example.
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 in this day and time?
Is there any cure to these social diseases?
Any pill pharmaceutical companies can manufacture? or any microchip Silicon Valley can develop to help us evolve?
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 breath the same air from its atmosphere, the very earth that we are 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 as 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, animals 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 with respect and humility, to celebrate human right, animal right, planet right and to live in unity, equality, harmony, peace and hopefully total balance.