Today was a real "eye opener" for me. I searched for sites like this blog dealing with Domestic Violence...however, what I found was more than the single topic of Domestic Violence.I saw that the whole world is hurting.
To be totally honest, I wasn't really surprised by all I'd seen today while searching the internet. Due to the fact that I'd spent 12+ years criss-crossing the globe...I'd seen many things. Many things I wish I could erase from my memory, yet, these are the very things my heart will never relinquish.
Ghandi once said, "An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind". This is something I know is the truth. Yet, how often do we look at someone that we view as "different"? More often than we would like to admit to ourselves.
Having lived off and on outside the nation of my birth has taught me much. First, I would say that none of us are as different as we think we are and we all basically desire the same things.
Safety and secuity for our family and loved ones, to be treated with dignity and respect, to have available adequate health care, proper food, shelter and equal protection and that no one should be subjected to arbitrary arrest, detention or exile. Everyone should have the right of freedom of movement, freedom of opinion and expression...not to mention the freedom of peaceful assembly.
The paragraph above I learned through being taught the "Universal Declaration of Human Rights". This document was created by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 1948.
The very first sentence of the "Preamble" reads: "Whereas 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...".
Obviously, this is but a part of that document. After the "Preamble" there are 30 Articles. I've lived long enough to know that every life...touches every other life. Let the changes that are needed begin with us, the individual. Let's be helpers and encouragers to one another. If it doesn't start with us...then where will it begin? Or will it ever begin?
I know this is not on my original topic of Domestic Violence, yet, I felt the things that I was, again, reminded of that I would be remiss not to share them.