Wow, we do live in interesting times – it seems that while we acknowledge that there is something called human rights and we acknowledge that some people are indeed not able to access basic needs or rights, we somehow make allowance for all the human wrongs in the world!
Yes, it has become politically correct to say sorry for past wrong-doings – although I do think I find it a little ironic to do so. If I think about this matter deeply, I am aware that since the beginning of time humans have been stomping on the rights of others and if we go far enough back into all our histories, I am sure we will uncover some awful truths about our ancestors as well as perhaps some awful things that have happened to our family members at some point or other.
I am reminded of the fact that my now departed grandmother and her sister from Chust Czechoslovakia (now Ukraine) were the only two of the family to survive the holocaust while the rest were herded off in cattle trucks to be processed through the human abattoirs during WW2. This was only 70 years ago, and yet, wholesale slaughter and religious and ethnic cleansing is still happening all over the world! Some even have the cheek to say the holocaust never happened. Hmmm. Now my point is should I be expecting sorry’ s and compensation from the people who orchestrated these crimes? Or, should I be mindful that further back in time a man who was crucified because he challenged the status-quo?
Interestingly, recently I had my DNA analysed and found out that my so called 50% English heritage from my mother’s side is in fact only 3% and is made up of mostly west European and Irish ancestry – well, well, turns out I could have ancestors on many sides of the historic battles in the world.
I am also reminded that I was telling my mother that my big sister was a bully when we were growing up, and, was quite stunned when my mother gently reminded me that, I too, bullied my younger brother. – Strange that we recall events that happened to us – but have very selective memories about what we might inflict on others.
It seems to me that we should “ALL” be collectively sorry, but more importantly, be learning and growing in awareness and consciousness about our unique and fragile humanity and be working hard to ensure a common value system that we can all follow in how we treat our fellow man. Yes, they do say fences make good neighbours, but does this need to be walls with electric fencing on top?
If we allow human wrongs to happen in the world, there will always be displaced people trying to get in to so-called safer and better countries. It has happened to me and my family so I understand this well.
What if we were to put more effort into holding world leaders to account to uphold a common standard for human rights? Should we not expect that everywhere in the world should be safe and that we are in fact the United States of Earth rather than a patchwork of haves and have nots. We seem to have lost the notion that we are all citizens of and part of the human race?
Yes, I do have tendency to get up on my soap box at times – and I hope I do not bore you with my thoughts. It occurs to me we can and should do better and this starts with the power of one. I have made it my mission to make a difference at a grassroots level and that is where the Live Local, Work Local, Shop Local – Collaborate Global ethos and movement was born, if we can solve problems in our community, grow our local economy and create inclusive social cohesion can we not in fact change the world one post code at a time? ?