I realized that the global charter is very much like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights that U.N. has set up. Both documents demand certain basic rights, and condemn any individual or group who restrict or deny these rights. One of the important things that I felt was of importance that the charter brought up was under the peace category, affirmation 3, which states that all forms of domination, exploitation and exclusion are excluded. But if one thinks about it, our economic system is based on exploitation, that is, companies in rich and developed countries exploit workers in very poor countries for work and sell the products of their labor for high profits.
I assume that there are too many people that have benefited so much from this economic system to let this economic system to be changed. And right after I thought about this, the next affirmation (affirmation 4), went on to explain that all human beings have the right to live in a world free of war, free of foreign occupation, and military bases and that no one has the right to decide on the life and death of individuals. This is something that would be agreeable, but likely impossible to reach. Do we really think that war can be ended? And what about those soldiers in war? Do they have the right to decide the death of individuals? Is war separate from this charter?
There are numerous countries that the United States has military bases on and the same is true for other countries. It troubles me, because a lot of what the charter says is something to strive for, but really unreachable. I don’t think affirmation 4 under the peace category is well written or well thought out, and it seems to me that it was written without much thought put into it. Some of the charter, like the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, seems to have been written with the intent of righting all the wrongs that the world has, but cannot be realistically reached and fixed. I would say that I am all for setting up goals, but there is a point of just blowing smoke up one’s rear end.
Moving on, I would say that I would make a my quilt patch with a graphic of a large amount of people in a dark cave all stuffed in there, with a small line of people leading outside the cave in the surface world with a sunlight and the ‘real world’. I guess it goes along with the Allegory of the Cave that Plato wrote, where everyone believes that life is inside that cave whereas they are living in their own delusion.
And this ties in with what I would like for my female relatives, as I want them to go through their lives and actually find what life is for them. I don’t believe that life is having that sports car, nice home, and lovely family at home, but rather a life filled with struggle and challenge. I would like my female relatives to face struggles and challenges, making them think and question themselves, investigate who they are and why things are the way they are, and leave their lives with a sense of acceptance.