Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Blog Action Day- Human Rights

I learned from yesterday that today is Blog Action Day. The theme for this year is Human Rights, a relevant and important topic today.

I've had the privilege of visiting a number of countries in the world, some of whom have very poor human-rights records. I've been overwhelmed by the scenes of immense need as I have stood on a hillside in a slum, or in an open marketplace in a city. I've come to embrace the line from Dr. Seuss in Horton Hears a Who, "A person's a person, no matter how small."

For a class assignment last spring I created a Thinglink to address the question, "What is Human?" We had been discussing transhumanism, the concept that through technology, human beings have the potential to advance beyond what is normal today. All through the discussion however, I kept thinking back to those slums and marketplaces where I had stood and I wondered if the people living there would embrace transhumanism when for most of them, all they wanted was their next meal. Our discussion, although global in scope, seemed to skip over a large majority of our world.

I'm reposting this here today on Blog Action Day to do add my voice to the global conversation. Please CLICK HERE to fully explore the Thinglink image. The embedded photo below is the just the picture, not the full-linked item.