Archive for August, 2009

Words can wound. Words can heal. (Part 1)

August 4, 2009

During 2004-2005, my main medium was words. Writing thousands of them was daily beverage thrown at any liberty to my brain’s hunger for achieving “distinctive” mark. And I must say “playing” with them is much more challenging and stimulating my passion than what I am doing now. Words can wound and words can heal. It’s like having an ability to alter one’s mind. There’s a beauty and also a danger there which I am willing more than anything to re-embrace. I should have bought an external hard disk and saved all my writing pieces so that they might prove useful to show how my wilderness would advocate or stipulate any existing problems to be extracted creatively in terms of analytical writing process. Oh yes. Those days when friendly substances were nothing but ’til-the dawning of the day conversations that made us philosophical even on a plate of chicken chop accompanied by half-baked potato and scattered red beans.

Luckily, last night I found my old flash disk I used to use when I was in Singapore. And found some of them here:

EQUAL OPPORTUNITIES
What:
The granting of equal rights, privileges, & status regardless of gender, age, race, religion, disability, or sexual orientation (http://viewpointbank.mediaroom.com/index.php?s=glossary)
Equal opportunities are basic human rights. It stresses the idea of not excluding people from social activities, employment, health care and other social facilities. There is no discrimination nor alienation to any human based on their ethnicity, gender, marital status, age, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation or political orientation, unless stated otherwise belonging to a specific job. It endeavors to ensure that all members of every human being will not get less favourable treatments. They are are treated on the basis of their values and abilities. It also requires a commitment to educating people in order to stop the existing discriminatory actions, policies and practices.

Purpose:
Under this particular circumstance, everyone shall enjoy and make use of the same opportunities such as in fields of recruitment, conditions at work, remuneration, and termination. The purpose is aiming highly for living in a balanced life.

Gay:
The removal of direct discrimination – ensuring that people are not treated less favourably on the grounds of their disability, ethnicity, national origin, colour and race, sex, gender reassignment, marital status, religious belief and political opinion, sexual orientation, age (http://www.rnib.org.uk/xpedio/groups/public/documents/publicwebsite/public_rnib002459.hcsp).
Ideally as mentioned in the quote, sexual orientation does not determine quality of one’s work. Straight or gay, the orientation itself is not an abnormal disfunction, but rather a basic characteristic that every single human being possesses. Therefore, even though the gay people are the minority, they should not experience irrespective existence. However some cases have proven that discriminative treats still exist. On a random observance, found a case that might give a frowning: a gay guy is strictly prohibited from concerning his will to educate children. Some agree due to an influential outcome for children’s fast absorbability. Therefore, one teacher experienced a job loss when he is known as the “gay teacher” in the child education. The gays are often considered as sexual predators. But this categorization does not make a point because sexual predators aren’t always gay or lesbian. Thus, to make the matchable simple, bad people aren’t always gay, same thing as good people aren’t always straight. A consenting adult is fully responsible for his action and know how to place him/herself in a decent position as decent as the straight ones.

Women:
It implies that girls and boys, women and men have to be treated the same without discrimination in realisation of full rights.  Full human rights are achieved through access to resources and removal of institutional structural discriminatory practices (http://www.rwandagateway.org/article.php3?id_article=124).

The acknowledgment that women are entitled to the same rights and opportunities as men in all contexts of society is a recent reality which has taken over the better part of the 20th century to attain, consistently practiced in the advancement of the democratic principles of justice, liberty and equality, and bearing in mind the struggle carried on by women themselves in vindication of their rights.
However, A lot of things in the world are rather run by patriarchy, and some are even preferred (eg: music industry, presidential structure). This has to deal with a harsh reality: even though the feminist movement has bloomed, it is still on the battle ground. There are numberless of cases that show women’s right to choose is still condemned. For instance: at some parts of the world women driving public transport is still considered unusual as they are expected to “merely” deal with the household department. Another one is the child labor problem that involves young women forced to marry stranger older men. A quick realization to how women are expected to be ruled by the society can be exemplified by the following: a man having to change his partner in numbers of time over the years can be considered as “playboy” or “good looking” whereas a woman, under similar circumstance, can be considered “dirty” or “uncivilized”. Simple things like 40 year old single man is called a bachelor but a 40 year old woman is called spinster (which has more negative meaning). This is a serious context in society that men are superior to women and it is still happening as a second goes away.

Disabled people:
But the facts speak otherwise. Disabled people have somehow poorer standard of living to that of non-disabled people and unfortunately it is undoubtedly. The media can be a pretty harsh take on handling this issue. It often portrays a disabled person  as an object of pity, concerning their disability that somehow becomes a parameter of how success people can be if they are “not” diasabled. Other pictorial examples are disabled people being pitiable, pathetic, an object of violence, his/her own worst enemy, non-sexual as the worst is a burden. These are summed up as the idea of how disabled people are utterly unable to participate in daily life. These stereotypes are particularly evident on television, in the press, and in advertising. Reports about disabled people are usually featured for their sensation value rather than their accuracy. Disabled people and a lot of their organizations reject this view as a sound basis for understanding the problems associated with disability. They are however, still living just like people who aren’t disabled, therefore still in need for those basic human needs. Although they may not function as maximized as people who aren’t disabled but they don’t resemblance uselessness, they are still capable in some fields and the talents should be put in use.

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soulmate

August 2, 2009

I think there’s a place where you realise that

people come in and out of your life

sometimes for a day

sometimes for longer

and all of them make you who you are

you can’t separate these people out of you

because they’ve formed who you are

even the ones that kind of make you say

“I don’t know if I want to be formed by them anymore”

but you are in some way

you are

that’s why maybe you shouldn’t look at them so harshly

because they have affected you

at the end though

it’s us as individuals

with our love for the lands

and something intangible

that when soul mates come and go

you’re never alone

even when you’re standing just you and your shoes

because you carry them with you