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12/18/2020 1:35:00 PM
Our rights as humans
After looking through some ideas for this weeks editorial, it was brought to my attention that December 10 is Human Rights Day. This day was chosen when United Nation's General Assembly proclamation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was declared on December 10, 1948.
It became one of the first major achievements of the United Nations, and has continued to be recognized.
Now if 2020 has taught us anything I would say that we may need to be made aware again of our human rights. According to the United Nation's website, this year's Human Rights Day theme Recover Better - Stand Up for Human Rights, relates to the COVID-19 pandemic and focuses on the need to build back better by ensuring Human Rights are central to recovery efforts Human rights need to be the center of every policy, rule, recovery effort, and/or action made for our globe. Unfortunately this year has been that grim reminder.
While the Declaration proclaimed all inhabitants of this world should be respected regardless of their race, skin-tone, gender, age, and country of origin, language, religion, personal persuasion, abilities, political opinion, property or social status, I would say Human Rights may have lost center of those efforts this year.
Here are some suggestions I have on how to bring them back to center:
1) Do some research on what Human Rights Day means and how it affects us.
2) Analyze your core values and assess any limiting beliefs that you may have. It might be a good idea to write your thoughts in a notebook, sit with them, and come back to them.
3) Discuss your thoughts with loved ones-I stress this one because it can get tricky. There is the saying that goes, "its not what you say, its how you say it." I challenge you to get really serious on how you want to present yourself when having these discussions. What am I trying to gain from these conversations? What are some areas that are strong suits for you, and what are areas of improvement. One thing I've noticed this year is we're seeing many effects of decades of not having discussions.
Our society has taught us by avoiding difficult discussions, we can ignore the things that are happening around us. This pandemic has taught us that there may be a better way than this.
And that starts by talking.

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