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Where is the Dignity?

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Pukaskwa National Park, Ontario, Canada

Pukaskwa National Park, Ontario, Canada

As once a Humanities Major, I value this concept of the Enlightenment-era: "Dignity". I have been convinced for quite a long time, that we as humans have taken some wrong turns after the Age of Enlightenment but the road is still there and we can always go back to it.

This definition I pulled-out is from Wikipedia: "Dignity is the right of a person to be valued and respected for their own sake, and to be treated ethically. It is of significance in morality, ethics, law and politics as an extension of the Enlightenment-era concepts of inherent, inalienable rights."

"Inalienable rights" are things that need to be discussed, at a time when Bloomberg reported this past December that: "Water joined gold, oil and other commodities traded on Wall Street, highlighting worries that the life-sustaining natural resource may become scarce across more of the world."

In Texas at the moment there is no water for many people. I have seen countless images of people melting snow to get water. This in a first world country and in a State that is extremely rich in petrol and natural gas. There are basically no excuses for people to die freezing in the winter and/or not have the basic necessities of life.

"Where is the dignity?" This line from a song by Parazitii (a Romanian hip-hop group) is playing over and over in my mind. "Profit over people" is also playing in my mind, over and over. That is where we are. I really do not wish to hear again anyone say: "This is not who we are." This is exactly who we are. Moreover, "one bad apple destroys the whole bushel".

I often speak about respect. Respect is needed so dignity can exist. When we treat otherness (I include living and non-living beings here) with respect, we give them the dignity they deserve as Beings and thus, we can all stand like Oak Trees do: tall and strong, in Unity.

The other choice is where we've been already: the road of selfishness, oppression, greed, deception, distrust, hostility, violence and the like. The choices are always and always ours. We can point at ravaging earthquakes, or volcanoes and blame the Gods (although I would not), feeling helpless but when it comes to our behavior and our choices, the fingers can only point towards ourselves.

All the very best to everyone!

"Where is the dignity?

Let me also know,
I've been searching for it for over 30 years on this travel
Where is the dignity?
I would burn all the money,
When I see mom's blue eyes watering.

Where is the dignity?
Is it laughing spitefully,
When pushed by need, You pick the bread off the floor?
Dignity, disappears slowly, slowly,
When You are pushed from behind, in a wheelchair.

Where is the dignity?
And who is to blame,
When You hold the hand of a child, crying in front of a store's display.

Where is the dignity?
Maybe it will come on Monday,
When You don't have money to help your elderly parents.

Where is the dignity?
When your only key, no longer opens any door,
You sleep in a cold alley.

Where is the dignity?
It is said it is alive.
So, where is the dignity?
Let me know too.

Take me far away, make me forget.
Take me to a world where everything is good,
With music in Spirit and yearning for jokes.
My world is breaking to pieces.

Where is the sung dignity?
When in a meritorious fashion
You finished high-school and ended-up with hard-labor,
United in poverty, always in bad, never in good.

With the chosen half You share tears and bread,
You search for dignity,
In winter stuck in an over-crowded street-car,
And You're forced to realize that You no longer can and can't have.

Where is the dignity?
Maybe in a new coat,
Maybe in shoes with holes when the wind blows and the rain falls.

Where is the dignity?
Maybe it is hiding under the bed,
When You're sick and poor, your illness without cure.

Where is the dignity?
When You hope and want to appear sure,
And You worked a life-time for everyone, only to die alone.

You didn't live much, it was just a path.
Time runs along with us, live now.
I'm upset, broken in half by work,
And on my word: I'm searching for my dignity,
When I'm singing for You with my nerves shattered.

Take me far, make me forget.
Take me to a world where everything is good,
With music in Spirit and yearning for jokes.
My world is breaking to pieces.

Take me far, make me forget.
Take me to a world where everything is good,
With music in Spirit and yearning for jokes
My world is breaking to pieces."

Song by: Parazitii feat Daniel Lazar- Demnitate (Dignity)

Translated by me.


Parazitii feat Daniel Lazar- Demnitate (Dignity)

Comments

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on February 22, 2021:

Thank You for the visit and comment Mrs. Peggy. We have to make that aspiration reality. It can be done though. I am optimistic.

All the very best!

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on February 21, 2021:

You are pointing out the struggles many people have and the inequities all across the globe. Everyone is created equal, but for many people, that is only an aspiration instead of reality. Your article is powerful!

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on February 21, 2021:

Thank You, Mr. Hansen. Translating this song was difficult. I am not a professional translator and I certainly did not wish to butcher the lyrics. It would be awfully unfair for the artists. So, I tried my best but some words do not have a direct translation. I starred for hours yesterday at some of these words lol

Well, thanks again and have a great weekend - cheers!

John Hansen from Gondwana Land on February 20, 2021:

A wonderful article Mr Happy. I wish I had written this myself because I agree with your sentiments and the points your raise. Love the song too..thanks for translating it.

Mr. Happy (author) from Toronto, Canada on February 20, 2021:

"First, this is not medieval times." - Indeed it is not. Yet, we somehow still have to talk about what "all men are created equal" means, when that does not show in our societies. We're living in times when some people are worth more than others and we see it in countless ways: pay, health-care, education, living standards, justice system ... the location of where one lives has much to do with how much dignity people have.

You mentioned "indigenous teachings". There are many, many reserves here in Canada where kids do not have actual public school buildings to go to. Many reserves have been without potable water for decades. Treaties are not respected and the list of Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women keeps growing.

Where is the Dignity? I do have to ask.

Thank You very much for your comment and visit. I do appreciate it.

All the best!

Leslie McCowen from Cape Cod, USA on February 20, 2021:

“Cassius, a nobleman, is speaking with his friend, Brutus, and trying to persuade him that, in the best interests of the public, Julius Caesar must be stopped from becoming monarch of Rome. Brutus is aware of Caesar's intentions, and is torn between his love of his friend Caesar and his duty to the republic. Cassius continues by reminding Brutus that Caesar is just a man, not a god, and that they are equal men to Caesar. They were all born equally free, and so why would they suddenly have to bow to another man?”

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We can have another enlightenment....but many things need to go.

First, this is not medieval times. The Church and the Noble man don’t need to have all the power anymore.

Second, we need to embrace indigenous teachings....Turtle Island was here first.

Third, have this phrase burned into every mind:

All men and are created equal.

And start to mean it.

As they say Namaste......the god in me salutes the god in you. And that includes everything in creation.

That’s it. Go from there.

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