Today is Human Rights Day in South Africa, Tuesday 21 March 2017.
To quote my favourite poet, the ever wise Maya Angelou’s said:
“History, despite its wrenching pain cannot be unlived, but if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”
There are so many things that have happened in the history of the world that were atrocious; and there are new atrocities being committed on this very day!
With that said, recording our lives and educating our children is so very important in teaching our children how to not make the mistakes of the past.
As a mother, I want to teach my children these important things which I hope will make them better humans:
- religious tolerance; education of the different religions, the facts, the myths, the traditions and the core of the main religions should be taught to our children from a very young age so that they are better informed, more tolerant and not afraid of the many different beliefs, customs or religions.
- equality; it doesn’t matter what your sexual orientation is, your sex, or your age. Everyone be provided with the same basic human rights, opportunities and legal framework to ensure there is equality for all.
- racial tolerance; different races should be celebrated for their differences, not discriminated against. When we bleed, our blood is red, no matter what colour our skin, hair or eyes is.
In my humble opinion as a human being of the world, I firmly believe that religious intolerance has historically caused far more damage, hatred and ingrained prejudices than racism and sexual discrimination have combined.
Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope – Maya Angelou
I pray we are raising a generation of children who will be more tolerant and unprejudiced than any that have gone before them. I pray that they will learn from the mistakes of the generations before them.
That is my wish as a mother this Human Rights Day 2017.
I also pray for the people of Zimbabwe, my home country. A country that fought hard for independence from colonialism, only to have that very independence stolen from them by their own greedy and corrupt leaders, who continue to wring every last shred of dignity and honor out of them to the point that they are now a broken, despondent and faithless nation who have lost all hope of ever being able to rid themselves of their government.
To my fellow Zimbabweans, displaced throughout the world, just waiting for the smallest glimmer of hope on the horizon, remember this:
We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated. – Maya Angelou