“It’s not my problem,” you say? Maybe you’d like to swap places even for a day with those with little or no basic human rights. We have lost respect for the basic human rights of our brothers and sisters throughout the world. We allow atrocities to continue or commit them against our fellow human beings: rape, slavery, human trafficking, starvation, torture, rendition, genocide, horrendous work conditions, refugee camps, battered women, child molestation, child abuse, less pay for women, “honor” killings of women, female genital mutilation, racism, sexual violence as an instrument of war, and so many more.
Today is the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). Eleanor Roosevelt chaired the committee that drafted these rights and they were adopted in December, 1948 as a response to the brutality of World War II. Here she is addressing the United Nations on the ratification of the UDHR:
So many of us bury ourselves in busyness and complacency. We are quick to express anger, to battle, to go to war. We are slow – or unable – to express love, acceptance, compassion, inclusivity, and peacefulness. Remember Dionne Warwick singing “What the World Needs Now is Love, Sweet Love”? Take a listen and remember that every person on the planet is deserving of basic human rights. Do your part to respect, care for, and love your brothers and sisters on the planet.
And if that doesn’t do it for you, take a listen to Aretha singing her classic “RESPECT”…that and love are what we all need.