Life and birth is a curious process?!
Absolutely had no personal control over the “fact” aka an occurrence with adequate proof (i.e. i’m alive) that:
I was born March 25th, 1969 in Medford, Massachusetts, USA. (I have a birth certificate documenting this fact/occurrence.)
No personal control over my inheritances…my parents, my birthplace, the land of my birth, my family background, my freckles, crooked teeth, the government under which I was born, my mother tongue, etc.
It’s interesting how my existence was both a matter of choice and chance. A bunch of choices/chance events..affecting my ancestors, grandparents and parents…led to my subsequent and sequentially timed birth. A matter of chance and choice–I was born to American citizens who wisely chose to exercise their fundamental rights.
I’m overwhelmed with gratitude thinking about my parents’ choices. The inner/outer transformations they courageously made in their lives…THANK GOD before I was born and after (during toddler-hood) which positively impacted my existence then and now!
Can any of us help what family we are born into or how we are raised or our primary education?! That’s why I totally believe in on-going-life-long education in particular “compassion” literacy and proficiency!!
It’s interesting to me how my parents being born here in a so-called “free” nation (USA) yet fled oppression! My Mom, an only child, was raised a “very strict” Catholic and went to Parochial school…(good thing she didn’t become a nun, eh?) She became a preteen smoker, however. My Dad was a Baptist and had more of a wild..let’s call it: less “supervised” upbringing. Until, he became a young Marine. To this day, he strongly dislikes flying, maybe from being forced to jump out of planes when young.
Do You believe in love at first sight?! My parents probably do because it was an instant thing for them! They remember the exact time and place of their first sighting/words -lol..It’s funny to me that my somewhat “quiet” reserved Mom…actually assertively called out to my Dad: “Hi DOLL!” while he was crossing the street where her & friends were hanging out in front of “Jay’s”.:)
This military guy’s heart instantly melted…i remember him telling me (when growing up)…he was immediately blown away by beauty…describing my Mom as a young Natalie Wood with green eyes and freckles.
Guess, i got my “emotional” outspokenness from Mom. The chances of them meeting in passing…connecting, marrying…how glad am i.
My grandmother didn’t approve of my Dad…he wasn’t Catholic…not sure: how she felt about the fact: he wasn’t Lithuanian and she didn’t want my Mom dating this older guy (only by 5 years). Their new found love (and education) inspired changes…quit smoking, they quit/left their religions: Catholic & Baptist religious traditions…my Dad left the military and drinking behind!
That’s a lot of growing up…their young eyes were opened…they didn’t like what they saw in religion/politics/military: hate & hypocrisy…they were truth seekers! I think that takes guts to leave behind organizations/places/peoples/beliefs that oppress/suppress/hurt You…whether that’s family, family traditions, religion, military, country, etc.
They spurned a big Catholic church wedding from my grandmother for an intimate Justice of the Peace (non-religious) ceremony. They abandoned non-compassionate religions/traditions/lifestyles and embraced a more compassionate life-style… of moderation in everything and “treating others the way they would like to be treated”… with love, respect, dignity and forgiveness, honesty. (Basically, they wanted to know the “truth” and then tried to live it. They still do! 🙂
Avid readers, book collectors and thinkers… my Dad is an artist… paintings & pastels… dancing to the beat of a different drum… my parents read/studied..the Bible, an “accurate” translation, and found it practical, eye-opening and helpful in daily living.
(Music, art, poetry, books, truth, compassion…some of my primary family values.)
I’m super thankful that my parents always encouraged me to read, think and thoroughly investigate/study everything for myself!… not to follow the crowd and to think/believe “whatever” for myself…they raised me to value hard work, peace and forgiveness and not war… education/clean…I am a conscientious objector!!
(yeah, and i sorta stubbornly object to a lot of things…till i conscientiously investigate “whatever” for myself…aka trust building and question asking…time consuming: uh-huh and when in doubt: i sit it out… at times, frustrating for those close to me.)
Daily study/investigation/research…skills have been deeply embedded in me… seriously, I cannot remember a day of my life, young and now, where I haven’t found/made time (and for hours) of reading/studying/researching…my parents have groomed me as a life-long learner/worker/cleaner…helped instilled in me: an insatiable taste for progressive (aka ever-changing/tweaking/adjusting) scientific and spiritual “truth”… aka “clean” and “cleaning” and the various stages of this “valuable” process of growth…just can’t get enough… my brain needs to eat constantly!!:)
(i guess, valuing mind food over body food makes one super-skinny -lol)…hint: i’m hungry…nursing a cold cup of tea while writing..
Life is a life/death pop quiz…how else do you prepare/pass/continue living?? you study/you research!;)
Education is 1 fundamental right... All humans everywhere should be allowed to exercise their fundamental rights!!:)
All humans have had no choice over who-m their parents are, what country/government they live under and what primary education/conditioning/brainwashing/surviving-coping skills to which they are initially exposed as young life…
Chance (aka events/occurrences beyond one’s control) is killing, oppressing and hurting many of us!!… so is (poor) choice…
Everyone everywhere has the fundamental right to “clean”… including clean air, clean water, clean food… mind and body…
EVERYONE EVERYWHERE HAS THE FUNDAMENTAL RIGHT TO COMPASSION!!!
Are You being allowed to exercise your fundamental rights??…
Fundamental rights are a generally regarded set of legal protections in the context of a legal system, wherein such system is itself based upon this same set of basic, fundamental, or inalienable rights. Such rights thus belong without presumption or cost of privilege to all human beings under such jurisdiction. The concept of human rights has been promoted as a legal concept in large part owing to the idea that human beings have such “fundamental” rights, such that transcend all jurisdiction, but are typically reinforced in different ways and with different emphasis within different legal systems.~excerpted Wikipedia
What exercise are you getting today?!
Me: cleaning everyday… my house, my mind, my body… (that’s why I’m non-stop busy round-clock working, eh? And helping others including my kids to do the same.)
LIVING FREEDOM EVERYDAY?…
yesterday came across this video: Please check it out:
MAY 5, 2014 | WORLDWIDE
Expert Views on the Right of Conscientious Objection
Leading human rights experts discuss how the right to conscientious objection to military service developed as a human right in Europe.
Mr. Nils Muiznieks is the Commissioner for Human Rights for the Council of Europe, mandated to promote the observance of human rights in member states.
Mr. Richard Clayton QC is the United Kingdom representative to the Venice Commission. The Venice Commission is the Council of Europe’s advisory body on constitutional law.
View the highlights of these compelling interviews: