If that was the case whould you do it?
2 Jan 07
Oh yes, Deeeky. It would certainly be a wonderful world if everybody had the same rights as each other, but I fear this will never, ever happen. A friend of mine once said in one of his blogs that the African people had harboured their grudges on slavery for way too long, and that retaliating in this day and age to something that happened over a century ago is not on. I agree, totally. People need to forgive and forget what happened in the past, or to their ancestry. But, can they? Are they brought up to hate for things that have happened in the past? Does history affect them? I think the answer is yes, and the way of the world has been as is for so many centuries now, that we will never swing it around now. The rich rule, the workers line the rich's pocket and the poor beg from the workers. Different races and religions hate and fight, and children of all races and creeds are brought up to this, so it continues. How I wish you could get a group of people together who could stomp through the world and put all this right. I would join you, for one!
3 Jan 07
Ah well. We will just have to find a leader and walk side by side then, Deeeky, my friend. I'd like to quote something to you, written by Albert Camus... "Don't walk in front of me, I may not follow. Don't walk behind me, I may not lead. Walk beside me and just be my friend."
3 Jan 07
In an ideal world this is what would happen but we do not live in an ideal world at all, and besides which we are only human and therefore prone to make mistakes. Some people confuse equal rights to equal wealth, and that is not correct. Certainly everyone should respect the right of others to follow their own religion, live by the rules of their own culture and country. Do not disparage others for their beliefs whether they are religious or cultural. Simply by nature and talents some people will always be wealthy and some will always be poor. You cannot take from the rich to give to the poor because that is charity but instead those who do not have the education etc should be taught. They can be shown and encouraged to learn how to grow their own food, build their own shelter, birth control, work at whatever they do best which might be in business or it might be sweeping the streets. There is a place for everyone but everyone cannot be in the same place either. As long as people bear grudges for what happened hundreds of years ago, things will never change. I have actually heard people say "they did" and "they said" etc but when you ask about it, it turns out this happened in some country thousands of miles away, a country that no longer exists and the time was 500 years ago. It takes great control not to say "Get a life. This is the year 2007 not the year 1400". It should be a case of acknowledge the differences and appreciate what we have in common but I don't think it will happen in my lifetime and I am planning to be around for many more years to come.
4 Jan 07
In the US Declaration of Independence signed on July 4th 1776 Thomas Jefferson and the "founding fathers" stated clearly.....We hold this truths to be self evident, that they are endowed by their Creator, with certain and alienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. These words still hold true today 230 years later. Perhaps if all peoples and nations were to followed this to the letter then and only then would there be a world free of discrimination and each of us might enjoy our right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.