It goes without saying, that we live in a much better world now compared to 70 or 80 years ago. We have scientifically more freedom (not ‘rights’, because these are inherited by our nature as human beings), better health care, faster and more reliable communication methods. I do realise that we could argue the opposite, but that is another topic.
Generally speaking, we are more advantageous in terms of practicing our freedom, or at least we are entitled to by the law, society, and technology advancement.
The entire calendar year is full of days to celebrate and commemorate significant events. To name a few; the 2nd December, the International Day for Abolition of Slavery; 8th March, International Women’s Day; or for instance, yesterday (19th August), we celebrated the International Humanitarian Day! A day that remarks and “advocates for the safety and security of humanitarian aid workers, and for the survival, well-being and dignity of people affected by crises.”
The reason we have such international days, or national days, is to celebrate human movements in advancing the way we live our lives today. We celebrate the souls that sacrificed themselves for what is ‘right’ for the human race.
Today women in the UK have the right to vote! Can we imagine the situation today if the Women’s Suffrage movement did not exist, established, or continued to fight for the right for women to vote?
Would women be given the right to vote if no woman rose and claimed that right?
Would women in the so-called Saudi be allowed ‘legally’ to drive if women activists such as Loujain al-Hathloul did not speak loudly for that right to be claimed?
I have always believed that ‘rights’ are taken and never given. You cannot ask for what is yours, but you can always ‘claim’ it, if you dare!
Now, imagine this! If we took our rights today for granted, if we turned a blind eye on every human rights violation (nationally and internationally) what would happen?
Turn around you and look at the world today, human rights oppression is expanding again and we are doing little to stop or even speak against. Certain topics became a red line for us to discuss and the common response we see is a head shake in disapproval.
Don’t get me wrong, I am guilty of the above as much as everyone else and when I speak of change, I am starting with myself first. But I only have one request, that you don’t look at yourself as an individual whose actions are less of an impact to the world around you. Do not think you are a small stone that cannot stop the immense waves.
This is the rhythm of life; it never stays on one way or the other and change happens rapidly leaving us the freedom to choose! The choice whether to be a random object and be washed by the tremendous waves of life, or be a standing mountain together and change the direction of waves to what suits us as a human race in unity.
Our unity, empowerment to each other, and compassion is the key to an even better world for our next generations.
Celebrate your freedom! Do not oppress it!