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How Is "Someone Ate My Cheese" Applied?
The "cheese" is gone...and someone or something needs to get the blame. What is the cheese? They could be dreams, goals, peace, issues, struggles, or life happenings.
These past days were very complex in many ways. I saw family members, friends and people in worldwide news going through experiences and situations like mine. It was kind of weird that the phrase "someone ate my cheese " kept coming to my mind.
"Who ate my cheese?" Was written by Rowland Rose where he introduces a giant who seeks answers to the big questions of existence. Spencer Johnson wrote “Who moved my cheese?” Both authors, and others as well, have been trying to give us tools to deal with systemic labyrinth traps.
Individual systemic labyrinth traps
family, preachers, teachers, peers, doctors
church, school, health services
beliefs, education, body system
neighbors, work place, social services, industries, local politics, mass media
structure interaction, schedules
laws, values, customs, attitudes and ideologies
time external and internal environment
deaths, hormonal and physiological changes
The table above I made it using the ecological system of (1917 - 2005). This psychologist is known for his 'Ecological System Theory' and was the co-founder of the Head Start program. Urie Bronfenbrenner
I invite you to read and study Bronfenbrenner's work since by his researches, life and experiences he exposes the large number of environmental and societal influences on child development, which I identify as the cheese in this hub.
Forms of the cheese
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (adopted by the United Nations in 1948) gave human rights a new international legal status. Building on precedents set by the British Magna Carta (1215), the French Declaration of the Rights of Man (1789), and the United States Bill of Rights (1791), the Universal Declaration also reflected the events of the 1930s and 1940s, particularly the Nazi Holocaust. Reports of Nazi atrocities shocked people around the world and gave momentum to an effort to codify human rights in international law.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was prepared by the Commission on Human Rights of the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations. The rights described in the 30 articles of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights include:
1. to life, liberty, and security of a person;
2. to freedom of conscience, religion, opinion, expression, association, and assembly;
3. to freedom from arbitrary arrest;
4. to a fair and impartial trial;
5. to freedom from interference in privacy, home, or correspondence;
6. to a nationality;
7. to a secure society and an adequate standard of living;
8. to education;
9. to rest and leisure;
10. for every person to own property;
11. to be presumed innocent until proven guilty;
12. to travel from a home country at will and return at will;
13. to work under favorable conditions, receive equal pay for equal work, and join labor unions at will;
14. to marry and raise a family;
15. to participate in government and in the social life of the community;
16. that prohibit discrimination on grounds of race, color, or creed.
Defending the cheese in an oxymoron way
Defending the cheese many times have turned into practices that has become a controversy of human rights in an oxymoron way. Consequences in the defense of each other’s “cheese” has taken drastic forms by: ideological, retributive, developmental, and despotic practices. These practices are used with restrictions in many cases, and are matter of spiritual or moral values, and cultural or country laws. Examples of this are:
Abortion - termination of pregnancy
Euthanasia - practice of mercifully ending a person’s life in order to release the person from an incurable disease, intolerable suffering, or undignified death.
Capital Punishment - legal infliction of death as a penalty for violating criminal law.
At the end of this article are links of some of these ways of defending the "cheese" in ways that become violation of other's rights; this is why I call it oxymoron ways.
The Story of Haman Rights
Is your cheese missing?
Don’t permit your human rights to be eaten up as a cheese. Human rights are based on natural principals. They don’t have to be written on a paper, but they are written. In case that the paper is burned, lost, unaccepted or violated, I will leave you with the words of Alexandra Monir (author of the novel “Timeless”) that quoted:
"There is nothing in this life that can destroy you but yourself. Bad things happen to everyone, but when they do, you can’t just fall apart and die. You have to fight back. If you don’t you’re the one who loses in the end. But if you do keep going and fight back, you win ."
Yes, defend your rights without forgetting that everybody has them. The same way we all have rights we also have responsibilities. Let's try to live in a better environment where peace can be felt by the love we ought to have for each one.
Blessings to all!
© Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill
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© 2012 Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill