December is National Human Rights Month. The goal is for everyone in the United States, and the world, to stand up for equality, justice, and the dignity of all humans. I would argue we do this for all living creatures too. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is an international document which states the rights and freedoms entitled to all human beings of any race, age, gender, sex, creed, religion, or ethnicity. It features a preamble and 30 articles of rights and freedoms. It was proclaimed on December 10, 1948 by the United Nations General Assembly in Paris.
This is a reminded to stand up against white supremacy and other organizations like them. This is a reminder to stop dehumanizing people. If you can’t care for others, at least don’t hurt them. This is a reminder to follow the golden rule. Treat others the way you want to be treated. This is also the main guideline for the Charter for Compassion. I recommend everyone read through these documents, the charter and the declaration. It’s the first step in changing the way most humans treat each other and other living things.
As I type this, the US is still counting votes in some states for yesterday’s election. What upsets me is the staggering amount of people who still voted for someone who has allowed 230,000 + people to die from Covid-19. They voted for someone who has allowed children to be separated from their families at the US/Mexico Border. Many have spoken out about this including representatives from the United Nations. However, no one has taken any action. This election has been too close for comfort. Why? Because the United States Citizens are terrible human beings.
Not everyone of us is like this, but the vast majority do not care about other people. They believe Covid-19 is a hoax. They believe the Earth is flat. They’re okay with people of color being murdered by police. Many people want to say that we shouldn’t judge others and should try to live in peace. These people do not want peace. They do not want change. They want to continue living with their privilege and murdering anyone who isn’t like them. This country is on the precipice of another civil war. Regardless of who wins this election, the losing side will fight back.
What bothers me most is that the United Nations was created to help prevent such things from happening. The League of Nations was founded following World War I to prevent such things from happening again. It was disbanded after World War II because it had failed. The United Nations was then created. As awful things happen again, endangering the lives of people not just from our own country but our neighboring countries, the United Nations has strongly disagreed with US policies. To my knowledge that’s all they’ve done. Whether the United States embarks on another civil war or not, I believe the United Nations has failed just as its predecessor failed.
The United States is the land of the free to die and the home of white supremacy.
Celebrated every fourth Saturday in October, Make a Difference Day is the day to give back and take community service to a new level. Find a local nonprofit and volunteer a little of your time. Make sure it has something that you’re passionate about and that makes a difference in the world. If you don’t have the time, you can donate financially to make a difference. Or you can help a friend or neighbor. Sometimes giving someone the opportunity to vent or offering a shoulder to cry on can make a huge difference in their lives.
The United Nations came into existence on October 24, 1945 and today is celebrated as United Nations Day. It started as a way to make a difference in the world. Here is the Preamble of the Charter of the United Nations.
“We the people of the United Nations determined to save succeeding generations from the scourge of war, which twice in our lifetime has brought untold sorrow to mankind, and to reaffirm faith in fundamental human rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, in the equal rights of men and women and of nations large and small, and to establish conditions under which justice and respect for the obligations arising from treaties and other sources of international law can be maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life in larger freedom,
“and for theses ends to practice tolerance and live together in peace with one another as good neighbors, and to unite our strength to maintain international peace and security, and to ensure, by the acceptance of principles and the institution of methods, that armed force shall not be used, save in the common interest, and to employ international machinery for the promotion of the economic and social advancement of all peoples,
“have resolved to combine our efforts to accomplish these aims accordingly, our respective Governments, through representatives assembled in the city of San Francisco, who have exhibited their full powers found to be in good and due form, have agreed to the present Charter of the United Nations and do hereby establish an international organization to be known as the United Nations.”