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May 4, 2012, 2:16 PM | Article By: Adelaide Mendy

What does the term ‘Human Rights’ mean to the average man that we think nothing of violating them, something that has become as natural as breathing especially in these times. We believe that with technological advancement and the many tools of modernization, we have now officially emerged as a civilized breed. However, the truth is in some ways, we are as ‘green’ as ever.

Most nations still pass out death sentences at the drop of a hat. You see when we take a really good look at ourselves, we have not come as far as we’d like to think we may have. Sure, we may no longer use the axe to chop off a person’s head or burn them alive, crossing these methods of carrying out executions as inhumane. So instead they have been replaced with the lethal injection and hanging, supposedly more humane. Isn’t better not to take a life at all?

The right to voluntary reproduction is a fundamental one that every being is entitled to. Which begs the question, does anyone really have the right to deny someone giving birth to their child if they choose to.

Shockingly enough, this is allegedly happening in a prominent nation in Asia, where a pregnant woman cango in for a routine checkuponly to have a forced abortion performed on her or be sterilized against her wish, because the authorities feels it needs to take drastic measures in order to cut down its rising population?

How about a woman being murdered by her in-laws for daring to give birth to a daughter? Does it not occur to them that life is precious and priceless and that women are vessels of life, to be valued and celebrated and not viewed as a curse or burden. Obviously the world still has a lot to learn.

It is at the tip of our tongue to voice the ever popular phrase ‘life is a struggle’, well newsflash, as long as you are in this tug of war that is life and you have not given up, you are fine, because the moment the struggling stops, you are accepting that you are not enough, a dangerous frame of mind to be in.

Do not let the world dictate to you the manner in which you should live your life. Sure there are basic and often concise rules or principles that must be adhered to in every society. Yet one must not live one’s life based on other’s personal thoughts or beliefs. We ought to be the initiators and not the initiated.

As war continues to rage on in too many areas of the world, some which have been fought for decades, I can’t help but wonder how much more positive changes we can effect if we could redirect our efforts and focus instead on the greater good.

We should concentrate on the living instead of building million dollar monuments to commemorate the umpteenth anniversary birthday of men long gone from the face of the earth. It is simply ridiculous that obscene sums of resources are allocated to such frivolities when there are hundreds of millions who are positively starving around the world.

Sooner or later we will all become history and after a couple centuries, most likely, no one is going to remember us. We need to come to grips with the reality of our mortality all the more reason to do as much good we can while we can.

What is it they say about money and power? They can be corruptible. It seems the two go hand in hand. It seems like the next step for the rich and famous is to be involved in politics in one form or the other. Self gratification seems to be the name of the game, selfishly look after one’s own interests.

Life is a give and take experience and we are made better for taking part in it, in its entirety. My heart bleeds when I see the bodies of innocent people caught in the crossfire. Children who find the concept of peace and stability alien because for as long as they can remember or been alive, they have lived with the turmoil of war.

We keep saying that the future is being safeguard for the children if today, but what type of future do we hope to leave then when the present hasn’t given them anything to look forward to? What will we tell the next generation? That we did the best we could? Well, our best is not looking good enough.

Some have leadership thrust upon them, some are born leaders. Assume your positions and take that first crucial step forward and the world is an oyster, your oyster. Life is certainly not a drive in the park but you will find the struggle well worth the toil.