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Human Rights Day 2017

December 10 is Human Rights Day!

Why is it that I never heard of this before today??

On December 10, 1948, The United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.  Then in 1950, the assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to observe December 10th of each year as Human Rights Day.

As a strong advocate for equal rights for all Humans, I find this to be a very important day and I don’t understand why it’s not better known.

What are Human Rights?

Human rights are rights that inherently belong to all humans.  Rights such as freedom of speech, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear.   In Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it states “All human beings are born free and equal in dignity and rights. They are endowed with reason and conscience and should act towards one another in a spirit of brotherhood”.

iphone picture taken by me

 

Yes, it says ALL human beings!

That means regardless of race, nationality, religion, sexual orientation,  gender, political views, age, weight, economic status or style choices.

We all are entitled to the same rights & we should all allow each other those rights without judgment and hate.

” NO HATE” iphone picture taken by me

I have raised my children to know that people are people and that they should always treat other people with respect, even if they don’t agree with them or their views.

I have never cared if people were a different color, nationality, religion or sexual orientation from me.  Those differences are what makes the human race wonderful!

How boring would it be if we all looked the same, thought the same, spoke the same, dressed the same, worshipped the same and had the same interests?  That is not a world I want to be in.

I am Christian and my best friend of over 25 years is Wiccan, yet we have been & will continue to be best friends for the rest of our lives.I am very interested in other religions, so I read about them & ask friends about their beliefs.

I am in my forties, does that make me more deserving of certain rights than people in their 20’s or maybe in their 60’s? No!

I am overweight, does that make me less important & less worthy of these rights? No!

My family is currently on the lower side of middle class, does that mean that people with more income than my family should have better rights or more rights than I do?  No!

I am a heterosexual, but I have friends and family members that are homosexual or bisexual.  Am I any better than them, just because I fell in love with and married someone of the opposite sex?  NO! Not at all.  Members of LGBTQ community should be accepted & entitled to every right that heterosexuals are entitled to.  Love is Love!  It is not up to me or any other human to judge who is worthy of these rights!

Love is love – iphone picture taken by me

Can’t we all just get along?

I want so badly for all people to just realize that we don’t all have to agree with each other’s opinions & lifestyles to co-exist. We can still have our own beliefs and get along with people that don’t agree with us.  We can be a specific race and live peacefully with other races. The same applies to all other demographics that I’ve listed, For example,   Just because a heterosexual befriends a gay person, it does not mean he or she is gay.  That person goes on living a heterosexual life, while the gay person lives a homosexual life, but they can live in peace with each other. There is no race, culture, sexual orientation or gender that is superior to any others.

All we need to do is Live and Let Live!!

Photo & text credit: Rumi, Saadi, Hafiz (Poems and Quotes) https://www.facebook.com/RumiSaadiHafiz

Love and accept each other! We are all worthy of it!

Happy Human Rights Day 2017!

 

—Jo